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BIS Arrests Follow-up

Bohemia Interactive Studios CEO Marek Spanel has posted a statement about the arrest of a pair of BIS employees for espionage (thanks Computer and Video Games). Here's their explanation of what happened:

We can confirm that two Bohemia Interactive employees, our colleagues and friends, were arrested during their holiday trip to Lemnos. They visited the island with the sole purpose of experiencing the island's beautiful surroundings.

Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information. We always respect the law and we've never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country. The same is true for Arma 3.

Currently, all our effort goes towards supporting the guys over there, as well as their friends and families affected by this difficult situation. We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds.3

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4. Re: BIS Arrests Follow-up Sep 12, 2012, 14:12 JoeNapalm
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 11:54:
ASeven wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 11:40:
Fucking insane. Then again Turkey and Greece hate each other with a passion unseen in this world. They have been enemies since a long, long time ago and the terrible wound of the Armenian genocide Turkey perpetrated on the Balkans and on Greece will never heal by the looks of it.

Hence Greece is VERY serious about people snooping on their military. Still, this is insane.

Yeah, if it can be seen from outside of the grounds of the base, it ain't a secret. This kind of hypersensitivity is ridiculous, both there and here in the US as well.

You're being naive if you think that, going anywhere in the world, taking pictures of gov't/military installations isn't going to be met with SOME sort of negative reaction.

Doubly so if you believe that said reaction is entirely unwarranted.

These guys will be held while their story and backgrounds are checked out - then they will be held some more until some political poker chips are exchanged.

I generally am a believer in the axiom that it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission - but I tend to draw the line at things like military installations.

They should have asked for permission first. They probably didn't, because they figured they would be told "No". Now they are being told "No" in a more direct fashion.

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