WHAT IS THE SPARTAN-II PROGRAMME?
The original UNSC super-solider programme sought out children with extraordinary physical or mental gifts (John-117 had both, naturally). Then the UNSC abducted those children, replaced them with clones so that no one would know, and put them through vigorous training until they could barely remember their former lives. Ouch. And we thought not getting Halo 2 for Christmas all those years ago meant we had the bad childhood.
Benjamin Giraud is a journalist who’s interviewed several people who knew Master Chief. His hunt for the truth has revealed some of the more horrifying aspects of the SPARTAN-II program, including said cloning and abduction of children. Those who want to know more would be best to start with his work. Further Listening: Giraud’s nosey investigations are all chronicled on the Hunt the Truth podcast.