Single player free vehicle fighting game War Thunder has stated that the game’s representation of the British Challenger 2 tank is incorrect. This is something that pops up every day on the message board of any video game striving for realism.
What makes this different is that the player has identified himself as the commander of Challenger 2 and proceeded to post classified documents to prove them right.
As UK Defense Journal report, the user posted excerpts of Challenger 2’s “Military Equipment Support Publication”. The document had some sections left blank, although the user said they were presenting the images to show that Challenger 2 was not modeled correctly in the game.
A community moderator for Gaijin Entertainment, the developer of War Thunder, responded to clarify that they will not “process” the source material.
“We have written confirmation from the MoD that this document remains confidential. By continuing to disseminate it, you are violating the Official Secrets Act as outlined in the warning on the cover of the document, a violation that carries a penalty of 14 years in prison if prosecuted. Regarding this, you already know, as a service officer, that you signed a statement that you understand the action and what actions it forces you to take. Every time you post this, you put us (Gaijin International), especially any UK citizen, into boiling water as a useful warning that unauthorized storage of your assets is not a good thing. whether being protected is an offence. “
Perhaps the best detail of all is that, earlier, another moderator noted that “the last time such a document was shared as ‘unclassified’, it was in fact still classified and confirmed that it was never shared.” Mean This is not the first time this has happened.