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Top secret military plans ‘leaked by tank commander to win video game argument’
July 19, 2021
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The fan of a popular online game and an alleged commander in the Royal Tank Regiment has leaked classified military documents during an argument on a forum.
War Thunder, a game that prides itself on its real-life tanks, was called out by a user who goes by Fear_Naught who believes the developers missed the mark when designing the 'Challenger 2'.
The user spoke directly to developers at Gaijin Entertainment writing: "As I’ve stated a fair few times now, the complexity of the construction is sometimes difficult to see/show with pictures.
"It is so complex in [the Challenger 2’s] case that I don’t completely blame Gaijin from getting it incorrect. All I try to do is point out the areas where they are incorrect."
Shortly after calling out the developers, Fear_Naught – who is believed to be a commander in the UK – uploaded screenshots of documents they claimed were from official Army Equipment Support Publication, for the Challenger 2 tank.
The uploaded images were meant to show developers where they went wrong with the in-game design but were removed after some time by Gaijin Entertainment due to their classified nature.
A senior technical moderator named Templar wrote: “We have written confirmation from [the Ministry of Defence] that this document remains classified. By continuing to disseminate it you are in violation of the Official Secrets Act as stated by the warning on the cover of the document, an offence which can carry up to a 14-year prison sentence if prosecuted.
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"Of this you are already aware, as a service person you have signed a declaration that you understand the act and what actions it compels you to take.
"Every time you post this you place us (international representatives of Gaijin), especially any UK citizens, in hot water as the warning so helpfully states that unauthorized retention of a protected document is an offense.”
A Defence Spokesperson told the Daily Star: “We take all unauthorised disclosures of information extremely seriously. This incident will be reviewed and if appropriate, an investigation will be launched, and mitigations put in place to prevent reoccurrences.
“We do not comment on leaked documents.”
A community manager working for the War Thunder game developers said that no changes will be made to the in-game design of the Challenger 2 tank.
Scott "Smin1080p" Maynard added that the studio doesn't base its game off "invalid source material".
User Fear_Naught received a warning and the thread was closed to disallow further comment.
Maynard explained: "Before any discussion, handling, or bug reports are even made, proof of a document’s declassification will be required as well as where it was sourced form.
"We make it very clear that we will not handle any source material unless it is publicly available and fully declassified with the rights to prove that."