Seven members of an elite U.S. Navy SEAL team have been punished for revealing classified material while helping produce a videogame, news sources report.
The seven special operations forces worked for two days this spring and summer as paid consultants on the videogame "Medal of Honor," released by gamemaker Electronic Arts Inc., a Navy official said, speaking under the condition of anonymity, as The Guardian reports.
Of the seven special operations forces, one participated in the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden earlier this year. All seven are members of the elite SEAL Team Six. Two are senior chief special operators and five are chief special operators, Reuters reports.
The Navy Seals sign non-disclosure agreements upon entry into service and when they leave. For these alleged allegations, each of the seven people received a letter of reprimand and a partial elimination of pay for two months, Reuters reports.
"We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy," Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli said in a statement. These punishments "send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability," he said, The Guardian reports.
The two main charges against the Seals are that they did not get the permission of their command to take part in the videogame project and that they showed the video designers their specially designed combat equipment, which is a design that only their unit uses, a senior military official said, as Reuters reports.
This story was first reported by CBS News, Reuters reports.