Maggie: Navy SEAL Team Six became a household name after their successful raid on a Pakistani compound resulting in the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
Now they are making headlines again. But this time, they are accused of disclosing classified information.
Video Game: Ask the men who hide in Pakistani compounds, they will tell you.
Maggie: They are in trouble over this video game, Medal of Honor: Warfighters.
Seven members of SEAL Team Six worked as paid consultants to help make the video game as real as possible. The game does not recreate the bin Laden raid, but it does include missions like an attack on a pirates’ den in Somalia.
Video Game: Operators can jump at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet.
Maggie: There is concern that by making the electronic arts games as realistic as possible, they are actually putting the lives of U.S. troops in danger.
John Miller: The idea is that if you are a terrorist or a Somali pirate, what you are looking for is TTPs – tactics, techniques and procedures. What do the real warfighters do? What tricks do they use? How do they work? And I guess if you stretch it there, you could say if you played that video game enough, based on real Navy SEALs’ knowledge, you could learn to counter some of those TTPs.
Maggie: It is not clear exactly what secrets members of SEAL Team Six gave away but the military says they did offer up classified material, provided to them by the Navy.
The seven involved in the game have all received letters of reprimand, which could end their military careers. They also had half their pay taken away for two months. And since all of the SEALs signed agreements to keep certain information secret, the government could take away any money they made from their work with the video game.
Insiders say the men also violated an unwritten code that says SEALs should be silent warriors who avoid the spotlight. But since the raid, some have been accused of going Hollywood.
Several Navy SEALs starred in the movie Act of Valor, which was approved by the military. But not military approved was a book about the Bin Laden raid, written by a former Navy SEAL who was there.
And now SEAL Team Six is about to be featured in two more upcoming films.
Maggie Rulli, Channel One News.