Although they may be national heroes, Seal Team Six, responsible for the killing of Osama bin Laden, seem to have landed themselves in some hot soup, and while it would naturally seem to be some battlefield-related issue, the problem at hand is seemingly far more benign.
Acting as paid consultants to game publishers Electronic Arts, who were using the Seal expertise and testimonials to give the latest installment of the bestselling Medal ofseries, Medal of Honour: Warfighter, real world missions and scenarios, the Seal themselves revealed information that was considered classified, according to officials.
The seven Seal members, of which two are senior chief special operators and five chief special operators, worked with Electronic Arts for two days in the spring and summer of this year to help make the recently released game more authentic, but in doing so, the on-duty Seal members used US navy materials, constituting a breach, for which they were formally punished.
The charges brought against them by the US Navy were violation of orders, misuse of command gear, dereliction of duty and disclosure of classified material and each of the accused were sent reprimand letters as well as being docked two months of pay.
In a statement, the deputy commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli, said, "We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy," adding that the disciplinary action would "send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability."
It was also revealed that four more navy Seals were under investigation for similar charges. The present issue follows a recent, similar incident, which saw another Seal Team Six member disclose classified information in a book he wrote about the Osama bin Laden raid that was conducted in 2011 and saw the death of the former al-Qaida leader. The book, “No Easy Day”, written under the pseudonym of “Mark Owens” by the Seal Team Six member, offers a firsthand account of the bin Laden raid, details of which still remain classified. However, the former US Navy Seal was found to be in "material breach of non-disclosure agreements" and the Pentagon said that it would seek legal action against the Seal Team Six member and any associates who may have helped him.