The Hollywood job was accepted at about the same time the Navy punished several SEAL Team 6 members for sharing purported classified information as consultants for the development of a video game.
To some in the military community, the Pentagon is sending mixed signals to troops.
Special operations commanders and some members of the Obama administration are courting the media with details about secret missions, such as the SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, to fit a political or public relations agenda, critics say.
“For example, it is convenient that our SEALs’ combat successes are spun to advance President Obama’s political agenda, such as making him look like a hero vis-a-vis the Osama bin Laden takedown,” Mr. Maginnis said. “But when a few SEALs do something, like help with a video game, they are roundly castigated.”
Military officials say the difference is that the release of the bin Laden mission was approved, but the seven SEALs who worked on the video game had no authorization. They confirmed that two other SEALs worked as movie consultants last month while on leave.
Asked whether the superiors reviewed the information that the SEALs shared, Army Col. Edward Nye, a spokesman for the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said: “The bottom line is the movie is approved for support from [the Office of the Secretary of Defense]. SOCOM also supports the film and has authorized its components to do the same.”
Technical advice “would be within the bounds of the approved script” and under the supervision of an official from the public affairs office on the movie set.
He added that the seven SEALs who worked on the video game “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” received “nonjudicial punishment” because their activities were not approved by the Defense Department.
“They divulged classified information and used government equipment without authorization,” Mr. McGraw said. “These are apples and oranges cases.”
‘A delicate balance’
“Lone Survivor” is being shot in New Mexico with actor Mark Wahlberg portraying Marcus Luttrell, a former SEAL who wrote a best-selling book about the botched 2005 mission to kill a notorious Taliban leader in eastern Afghanistan.View Entire Story
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