Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said Thursday Four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged violations, one official said. They allegedly divulged classified information to the creator of the [...]

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US Navy SEAL from Osama raid punished

Seven people charged with 'giving confidential information to the creators of a video game Medal of Honor'
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Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said Thursday
Four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged violations, one official said.

They allegedly divulged classified information to the creator of the video game ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter.’

Each of the seven received a punitive letter of reprimand- which generally prevents individuals from being promoted- and a partial forfeiture of pay for two months.

The deputy commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli, issued a statement acknowledging that nonjudicial punishments had been handed out for misconduct, but he did not offer any details.

‘We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy,’ Bonelli said. He alluded to the importance of honoring nondisclosure agreements that SEALs sign.

He said the punishments this week ‘send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability.’ The two main complaints against the SEALs were that they did not seek the permission of their command to take part in the video project and that they showed the video designers some of their specially designed combat equipment unique to their unit, said a senior military official. SEALs, including some of those involved in the bin Laden raid of May 2011, have been uncharacteristically prominent in the news this year.

Matt Bissonnette, who participated in the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, but later retired from the SEALs, wrote a firsthand account under the pseudonym Mark Owen, but he landed in hot water with the Pentagon even before it was published in September.

The Pentagon accused him of disclosing classified information in violation of the nondisclosure agreements he had signed as a SEAL. He disputes the charge.

Daily Mail, London




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