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ArmA Devs Arrested in Greece

This just in from sunny Greece. Two members of the ArmA development team, Bohemia Interactive, were arrested by the Greek authorities on charges of espionage, the studio has confirmed. Two Czech devs were caught when they were taking photographs and making videos of local military camps on the island of Lemnos, as reported by News247.

The photographs were meant to be used to help the development of ArmA 3, which was their explanation (and, clearly it didn't work).

"This is true," says Bohemia Interactive's Marek Spanel via the company's official forum. "We prefer this topic not to be discussed on our forums at the moment, at least until we know more specific details about the case."

Having been charged with spying, the two devs were threatened with a 20-year maximum prison sentence. They were incarcerated for six weeks, after which they were released on a 9000 bail.


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Vodoo Sep 11 2012, 07:44 am EDT
"the two devs were threatened with a 20-year maximum prison sentence"

reminds me of my country, one of the few places on the planet where stealing poultry from the mayor's backyard is treason compared to child rape.

i would sell my soul, my blood, my sperm for just 1 nuclear bomb. this moment, right now.

see, neither god nor satan exists.
  im_stardust: Patience my friend, patience...
KraGeRzR: "see, neither god nor satan exists." Very post-mod…
Ftmch Sep 11 2012, 08:24 am EDT
Holy shit, that's harsh.
Breedy_Mcfluff Sep 11 2012, 08:35 am EDT
Simple misunderstanding. Unfortunately, that won't stop power-trippers from going on power trips.

Isn't Greece a really terrible place right now (although I've heard it's been a fairly shitty place for a while, politically/economically)?

Now get outta the country while you can, devs! Get to tha choppaaa!
araczynski Sep 11 2012, 10:08 am EDT
its marketing, good stuff. as if anyone would waste time spying on greece when they can get it on sale pretty soon.
im_stardust Sep 11 2012, 10:54 am EDT
This is really worth a bunch of laughs.
Killer Klown Sep 11 2012, 01:26 pm EDT
I think it has more to do with the fact that Greece is so strapped for cash they'll make it however they can. It's the same reason that, say, a while back they proved that most of the parking meters in Washington DC - where the fine can reach up to 400 dollars in rush hour - were actually running fast. Paying for an hour got you closer to 40-45 mins.
Dean_Demon Sep 11 2012, 01:37 pm EDT
Bohemia have a habbit of not doing things by the book,for some unknown reason they like to bypass rules,sounds just like EA. They didnt ask anyone to take photo's cause they didn't want to pay a fee for the priviledge,it's not their property to use as they see fit,as a developer myself i know if i want to use something in my game that i have to ask permission to use that and that i have to acknowledge my source material of what it is and where it is from,bad move Bohemia.
Terminator Sep 11 2012, 05:41 pm EDT
20 years in prison for that? Sheesh, talk about ridiculous!
  LostPcGamer: Not really you trespass and take photos of military b…
Cheddar Sep 11 2012, 06:37 pm EDT
It's not ridiculous at all. Obviously the ArmA devs weren't really spies (just lazy idiots), but on general principle a nation obviously needs to have laws that prohibit just anybody from casually walking into your military zones and freely taking pictures of what your troops are doing, your assets, etc. And those laws obviously need to be backed by severe punishments in order to give them teeth.

There's a thousand different scenarios in which horrible things could happen without such laws. You might say "It's Greece, no one gives a shit about Greece, why spy on them", but that's narrow-thinking. Espionage is only one concern among many. What if some crazy asshole decides he wants to steal some high-grade military weapons or whatever, and he's casing the joint? Pinch a tank from the base and take it down central avenue during rush hour? Or on another tack, what if the troops are doing live-fire exercises? Weapons testing? Can't have civilians possibly strolling about anywhere nearby, can you?

With such potential for catastrophe, it should go without saying that the only way to ensure people properly stay the fuck way for everyone's safety is to make the punishment for trespassing very nasty. And not only were these chucklefucks trespassing, they were taking PICTURES! Their idiocy is stunning, and they deserve whatever happens to them.
  Morkrul: I'm going to be childish on this one: heh, "casing t…
touretul Sep 12 2012, 01:11 am EDT
I worked as a jurnalist for 7 years and I covered a subject involving an anti-terror military base in my town of which existence was denied by authorities. I took photos (it's true, outside the camp, but in "no photo alowed" area), everything was published and none arrested me. I've just got some harsh words from the base PR guy.
Cheddar Sep 12 2012, 10:23 pm EDT
I can only speculate, of course, but the fact that these bases they were trespassing on were pretty remote in location leads me to suspect they were major military bases. Large weapon and vehicle stockpiles, that sort of thing.

I'm not sure what an 'anti-terror military base' exactly entails, but if it was near your town, it sounds as if it probably wasn't a major zone of operations.


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