Seven members of an elite U.S. Navy SEAL team, including one
who participated in the raid that killed al Qaeda leader
Osama bin Laden, have been reprimanded for disclosing
classified material while helping produce a video game.
All seven of the special operations forces who were punished
were members of the elite SEAL Team Six, according to CBS
News, which first reported the reprimands.
CBS said the seven worked for two days this spring and summer
as paid consultants on the videogame.
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
confirmed the details of the account. A defence official,
also speaking on condition of anonymity, said other members
of the team are still under investigation in connection with
Two senior chief special operators and five chief special
operators received a reprimand for their involvement in the
production of a video game entitled "Medal of Honor:
Warfighter," released by gamemaker Electronic Arts, according
to a Navy official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
All seven were punished in an administrative proceeding for
disclosing classified information and misusing command gear
while working with the game makers, who advertise that the
videogame is more accurate because of the help they had from
special operations forces.
The seven each received a punitive letter of reprimand and
were docked half pay for two months, a Navy official said.
A defence official said all Pentagon employees are required
to follow Defence Department guidance on outside employment,
a measure put into place to ensure "the highest ethical
Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli, the deputy commander of Naval
Special Warfare Command, said the Navy treats allegations of
misconduct seriously and also enforces nondisclosure
agreements signed by sailors who join the special operations
"We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern
who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States
Navy," he said in a statement after the administrative
punishment was handed down.
"The non-judicial punishment decisions made today send a
clear message throughout our force that we are and will be
held to a high standard of accountability," he said.
The punishment of the seven active-duty SEALS comes about two
months after the Pentagon threatened to take legal action
against former U.S. Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette for writing an
unauthorised book about the 2011 commando raid that killed
The Pentagon said the book "No Easy Day," written under the
pen name Mark Owen, had been published in violation of
non-disclosure agreements Bissonnette signed while a SEAL.
Bissonnette's attorneys and publishers insisted the book had
been carefully reviewed to ensure it disclosed no classified
information, and that he had fulfilled his duty.