Navy Seals punished for breaching secrecy

Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals on 2 May, 2011. Picture: AP
Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals on 2 May, 2011. Picture: AP
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SEVEN members of the secretive Navy Seal Team 6, including one involved in the mission to find Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information.

Four other Seals are under investigation for similar alleged violations, one official said.

They are alleged to have divulged classified information to the maker of a video game called Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Each of the seven received a 
punitive letter of reprimand 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.

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 military official.