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Medal of Honor Warfighter producers reportedly turned away Osama bin Laden shooter as game consultant

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Medal of Honor Warfighter's makers at Electronic Arts turned down an application for a consultant position from the SEAL Team 6 member credited with killing Osama bin Laden, reports Esquire.

The unnamed U.S. Navy SEAL's uncle reportedly reached out to an EA executive last spring, around the time when the SEAL had formed a company with a few fellow SEAL Team 6 members to help themselves transition into civilian life. His uncle asked if EA could use him as a consultant, although he was forbidden from disclosing that his nephew was the man who killed bin Laden.

The uncle was reportedly told, "Right now we are pretty stacked with consultants"; the developers of Warfighter were said to have been using "thirty active and recently retired guys."

EA said in September that Matt Bissonnette — a former member of SEAL Team 6 who published a memoir about the raid, No Easy Day, under the pseudonym Mark Owen — was one of those consultants. The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed to Polygon last fall that it disciplined seven Navy SEALs for their involvement with the production of Warfighter; the SEALs had been charged with disclosing classified information.

An EA representative declined comment when contacted by Polygon.

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