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Arma III Developers Arrested In Greece For 'Spying' 162

An anonymous reader writes "Kotaku reports that two employees of Bohemia Interactive have been arrested while on a photo-tour of the Greek island of Limnos, on charges of spying. The developers were taking reference photos for the upcoming military simulation game Arma III, which is to feature Limnos as it's primary setting, when they were arrested (Google translation of Greek original)."
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Arma III Developers Arrested In Greece For 'Spying'

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  • Re:Really? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 11, 2012 @03:30PM (#41304175)

    You must be joking. Turkey claims half the Aegean and illegally militarily occupies half of Cyprus, and you are poking fun at them
    for wanting to defend their land?

  • Re:Spying? Really? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by geoffaus ( 623283 ) on Tuesday September 11, 2012 @04:15PM (#41304811) Homepage
    Its not just Greece - I remember hearing similar things when travelling around South America. It kinda seems funny since these countries dont exactly have cutting edge military equipment. Im surprised that Greece can even afford a military!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 11, 2012 @05:11PM (#41305529)

    There are numerous of military units stationed on the island. See http://tinyurl.com/d432wdm (88th Military Command) for a list - not including air or naval forces.

    And yes, there are signs around every military installtion in Greece that forbid photography. Ignoring them and then crying foul is just stupid. Especially when you claim (http://www.arma3.com/limnos-researching-the-area-of-operation/) that:
            Transferring the real-life Limnos to your monitors is not just a part of development; it’s an entire development inside the development. It’s the big story itself. Limnos (or Lemnos) is the next step in our effort to create the most authentic environment a milsim gamer could get.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 11, 2012 @06:55PM (#41306619)

    According to Greek media, the devs arrested had recordings of:

    * An MM-40 Exocet Block II installation (anti-ship missile)
    * The 130th Battle Squadron
    * A radar installation
    * Army base and barracks.

    Media report that the military authorities were particularly concerned that the data captured from the devs showed no only the position of these installations and the type of equipment they contained, but also things like access routes, alternative routes, fuel depots etc.

    It is also common knowledge that Greece's primary foe in the area, Turkey, uses spies who are never Turkish citizens. Most commonly, Turks use agents from the Netherlands.

  • by gavron ( 1300111 ) on Wednesday September 12, 2012 @02:41AM (#41309687)


    Yes, the OP is right.

    > The Czech Republic is an honored member of NATO.
    Czechosolovakia has won no honors in NATO. http://tinyurl.com/9v6ec6b [tinyurl.com]

    > The U.S. has already sworn to shed its own blood and spend its own treasury to defend it.
    The U.S. has not sworn to shed its own blood or spend its own treasury to defend it. http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/official_texts_17120.htm [nato.int]

    >One NATO member spying on another is none of the U.S.'s business,
    Then in that case your previous statement falls. Either it IS the U.S. and other NATO member states' business in which case it IS the U.S.'s business OR it's none of anyone else's business in which case the whole falacious comment about blood and treasury (false as it is) is inapplicable.

    >except for the diplomatic pressure...
    Yeah you made that up for your convenience. I've shown you the NATO charter. Please
    demonstrate where it says any of that.

    Such rabid conflictory justification of "The US Must Shed Blood and Treasury" but oh wait "It's none of the US business" but wait "The US should exert diplomatic pressure."

    I see the horns waggling and I'm not stepping in your words.


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