Last week we saw news
that two Bohemia Interactive developers had been arrested in Greece on allegations of espionage, with officials claiming that the devs had been "spying" on certain military structures within the Greek island Lemnos. The rumours speculated that the developers had entered restricted military bases in order to improve upon the upcoming title Arma 3, which sees the Greek island re-imagined with a 2035 setting.
Today Bohemia has officially released details on the situation, correcting the wild rumours that believed Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar had been spying on military institutions. Bohemia states that "these insinuations are completely false and without substance", and that the developers had been there purely for personal visiting pleasures triggered from their Arma 3 development.
They took photographs and videos in public areas, as countless tourists arriving to enjoy the beauty and hospitality of Greece may well do. These included a short video as they drove through the main road passing around the international airport, where in one short part of the video off in the distance some hangars and other buildings of the complex can be seen. It's very likely that many tourists may have pictures similar to those taken by Ivan and Martin in their own family albums, without being aware that they put themselves or their families at risk.
Martin and Ivan have also released a statement to friends in family while they are currently detained in Mytilene awaiting trial:
"The conditions are tough, but the people we meet treat us fairly and correctly. It is all a completely absurd misunderstanding that will certainly be quickly explained. We mainly think of you, our families; you have to stay calm and not to worry about us. We hope we will meet soon."
Now that the details have been cleared out, hopefully we'll hear more about the development as it comes to light.