What is this nonsense?! Governments looking for classified documents on other nations’ military vehicles may not require spies to get the job done; They can only view the War Thunder forum. Once again, someone used the popular game’s message board to post restricted military information – twice.
The first incident occurred earlier this week during a discussion about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, a single-engine multirole fighter jet originally developed by General Dynamics for the US Air Force. It was introduced in 1978 but is still used in active service today.
Aerotime reports During a lengthy conversation about the aircraft, a user named spacenavy90 wrote that he found something “interesting” while researching the F-16’s AMRAAM missiles. He proved this by attaching a document containing export-restricted data.
The document appears to be either an F-16 flight manual or part of it. Its rating status is over, but distribution is still restricted. The documents were removed soon and developer Gaijin Entertainment once again reminded people that the deployment of military secret Intel is not allowed.
The incident did not deter others. Eurogamer Writes that after the publication of the F-16 documents, more than a dozen system manuals for the American F-15E fighter, a vehicle not in the game, were leaked. Again, the moderators quickly deleted the post.
A member of the Chinese MBT crew may have just leaked (a lot of) classified shell info on the Warthunder forum. Article soon.
– OSINTtechnical (Osinttechnical) June 1, 2022
This is a familiar phenomenon on the War Thunder forums. Schematics of the Challenger 2 tank extracted from an Army Equipment Support Publication (AESP) have been published in the 2021. This followed a few months later Another leaked documentThis is on the French Leclerc main battle tank and its variants, prompting Gaijin to warn users against the practice because the team did not want them to “end up chained to the bottom of a disguised CIA freighter in international waters.” Warning ignored – classified documents relating to Chinese tanks Spread To the forum last year.
These documents are usually published to win arguments. But even those that have been declassified fall under the purview of the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which limits disclosure of US arms data. One has to wonder if proving your health is worth a possible ten-year prison sentence.