By Khurram Aziz | Nov 10, 2012 10:12 AM EST
Seven members of the elite US Navy SEALS Team Six, including one involved in the killing of Osama Bin Laden, have been reprimanded for their involvement in the latest Medal of Honor game - Warfighter.
Each of the seven received a letter of reprimand and a partial forfeiture of pay for two months from the navy for acting as paid consultants and disclosing classified information.
Deputy Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli issued a statement saying the non-judicial punishments had been handed out for misconduct.
He did not divulge any further details, but said, "We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy." He added that the punishments "send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability."
Medal of Honor, released by Electronic Arts, is a first-person shooter which takes the player through realistic combat zones. The Warfighter edition, released in the US on October 23, 2012, features various locations including Bosnia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Somalia.
The game sees the return of Preacher, a character from the first game, alongside another playable character, Stump, who is a Recon Marine-turned US Navy SEAL.
The SEALS are alleged to have worked on the game over two days in the summer when they are alleged to have revealed to programmers specially designed combat equipment unique to their unit.
The SEALS, which normally shun media attention, have been prominent in the news over the last year since their involvement in the killing of Bin Laden in 2011.
The unit is the subject of a recent TV movie about the raid in Pakistan which killed Bin Laden and will also feature in another film about the rescue of a ship's captain kidnapped by Somali pirates.
One of the members of the unit, Matt Bissonnette, wrote a first-hand account, under the pseudonym Mark Owen, about the Bin Laden killing. But the book landed him in trouble with the Pentagon even before its release in September, after he was accused of disclosing classified information in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he had signed as a SEAL.
US Navy officials confirmed that four other serving members of the SEALS are also under investigation for similar alleged violations.
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