Seven SEALs will be docked pay and receive letters of reprimand
Seven members of the Navy SEAL Team 6, including one who helped kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for leaking classified information to the maker of the videogame "Medal of Honor: Warfight."
They received letters of reprimand and their pay was halved for two months, a Pentagon spokesman told TheWrap.
"An investigation found that they provided classified information and had shown equipment used to makers of the game," Lt. Col. James Gregory told TheWrap.
He said violations on their files could hamper promotions if they continue careers in the military.
"Certainly any time derogatory information placed in a record is not a good thing," Gregory said.
The Navy alleged that the SEALs did not seek permission from commanders to work on the video game and revealed to EA Games equipment specially crafted for their unit to the game's designers.
Gregory said an investigation is ongoing to determine if more soldiers were involved.
"They are being charged with violation of Article 92: Orders violation, misuse of command gear and violation of Article 92: Dereliction of duty, disclosure of classified material," he said.
This is not the first leak this year from a member of the elite SEAL team.
Matt Bissonnette, a member of the raid that killed the al-Qaeda leader in Abbottabad, Pakistan last year, authored the memoir "No Easy Day" about the mission under the nom-de-plume Mark Owen, drawing the ire of the Pentagon.
The military also accused Bissonnette of breaking the nondisclosure agreement, though the soldier disputes the charge.
Updated at 11:23 a.m. ET with statements from a Pentagon spokesman.
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