Bin Laden raider is ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter’ consultant

Aug. 23, 2012 | 5:12 p.m.

There’s a reason why shooting games are becoming so realistic.

The Tier One U.S. Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year and identified by name Thursday by Fox News is a consultant for an upcoming game published by Electronic Arts titled “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” according to a person close to the matter. The person declined to be identified because of a confidentiality agreement.

Matt Bissonnette retired from the Navy last summer and wrote a book under the pseudonym Mark Owen describing the raid that led to Bin Laden’s death. The book, “No Easy Day,” is set to be released Sept. 11 by its publisher, Penguin Group.

Bissonnette’s name had been a closely guarded secret, both for national security reasons as well as his own personal safety.

Besides writing “No Easy Day,” Bissonnette did what many retired military personnel do — founded a consulting firm. His firm, Silent R, has been working with the Los Angeles developers of “Warfighter,” a shooting game that takes place in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The development team, headed by Greg Goodrich, placed a premium on authenticity. As a result, the team consulted with several special forces members to make sure the settings, weapons and other aspects of the fighting within the game was realistic. One of those consultants was Bissonnette.

Jeff Brown, a spokesman for Electronic Arts, the Redwood City game publisher behind the “Medal of Honor” franchise, said, “We cannot comment on the identity of consultants who worked with us on ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter.'”

The series was created in 1999 by Steven Spielberg as a game version of his World War II movie “Saving Private Ryan,” but has been brought into the modern era to appeal to a younger, more demanding generation of hard-core gamers who insist on accuracy and a high level of detail. The game is slated for release on Oct. 23.


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— Alex Pham

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12 Responses to Bin Laden raider is ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter’ consultant

  1. Josh M says:

    Bissonnette does not own Silent R…

  2. Guest says:

    "The Tier One U.S. Navy soldier who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden …"

    "Navy soldier"? Really!?! Sorry, but there aren't any soldiers in the Navy — those would be SAILORS. Soldiers can be found only in the Army. These terms are NOT interchangeable. Try to get it right next time.

  3. Baramos says:

    Fox News: It's okay to leak sensitive information for political gain…if you're Republican.

  4. Former Foe says:

    Did you all undersatand the real danger for him and his parents publishing all those informations about his real life? Or money and human vanity are the main things for all mass media?

  5. James says:

    LOL! So wait Julian Assange is a wanted terrorist for leaking what he did but Fox News are journalists for giving out this guys actual name putting his life and family in danger. What?????????????

  6. Venger says:

    Real astute there Baramos – forget the fact that it was loser Obama who rushed the mic for months claiming personal credit for the death of OBL (forget the water boarding by Bush that gave him the necessary info), but then APPROVED of the book and a movie deal. You know, Obama – the DEMOCRAT.

    Pay attention you might learn something. So sick of you uninformed anti Fox trolls spewing garbage.

  7. H4MM3R says:

    There was nothing in the article that indicated whom owns SilentR. We only know he founded it.

  8. H4MM3R says:

    And I am sure that the writer could do those, such as my father, whom was a marine sergeant and my brother, a force recon operative, a great debt of respect by identifying soldiers as army, sailors as navy and marines as marines…

    Thank you

  9. james says:

    the one who said their are no soldiers in the navy you are wrong i was a seabee for 12 years and we received navy seal training marine training as well as army we truly were a one man army.

    • John W. says:

      As a former Marine to a former sailor, you are wrong, sir. No one in the navy is called a "soldier." Not even your brave SEALs call themselves soldiers.

  10. blakehennon says:

    The incorrect uses of the word "soldier" have been fixed. Thanks for flagging them.

  11. Anononmous says:

    As someone who plans on trying to make it through BUD/S, as someone who plans on upholding the SEAL creed whether or not I make it through: it sickens me to see a special forces operator advertising his work in such a manner.

    "I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions."

    These movies need to stop being made, these books need to stop being published, and the elite soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in the various special operation contingents need to keep their mouth shut. This behavior is childish and disgraceful, leave the chest pounding to the standard infantry.

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