FOX5 military analyst: SEALs could lose everything in video game leak
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Medal of Honor Warfighter might seem like any other shooter video game.
The only difference is maker EA Games paid seven active members of the elite Navy SEALs as consultants last summer while testing the game.
That could cost them everything.
"I'm sure that they knew on some level that they were probably wrong to do that, but they probably felt that they could fall into a gray area," said FOX5 Military Analyst Jonah Auer.
We had Auer, who served with the Green Berets for three years, play the game.
Although the Navy has cut half the SEALs' pay for two months, Auer believes more punishments will be on the way.
"The Department of Defense will come down stricter if they need to... they could possibly have their security clearance downgraded," Auer said.
The SEALs reportedly gave information on the equipment they use in order for designers to make the game more realistic.
Other SEALs believe the Navy overreacted after other leaks.
"It appears to me that they've just changed just changed the rules all of a sudden, like a knee-jerk, hair trigger reaction to the Mark Owen book No Easy Day with the accounts of the bin Laden raid," former member of SEAL Team Six Chris Heben told CNN.
One of those SEALs involved with Warfighter is Matt Bissonnette, the same man who wrote No Easy Day.
The game does not recreate the bin Laden raid, but it does portray other missions.
Still, Auer doesn't believe it can be used by an enemy force as a training tool, only because the information isn't that valuable.
"I'd say it's just a little bit of a stretch as far as just equipment in a video game," Auer said.
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