Army Officer Shared Military Secrets WHERE?!

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( – Highlighting the urgent need to keep sensitive information safe from foreign agents seeking to capitalize on security lapses, the Justice Department has charged a former high-ranking Army officer with distributing confidential defense information.

The officer was employed at U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) and shared confidential information with a contact he encountered on an international dating site, as revealed in a recently unveiled indictment.

David Franklin Slater, a retired lieutenant colonel from the Army and a civilian employee at STRATCOM, which is responsible for overseeing the nation’s nuclear arsenal, reportedly shared classified details regarding Russia’s aggression in Ukraine between February and April 2022.

After retiring from the Army in 2020, Slater began his tenure with STRATCOM at Offutt Air Force Base in August 2021 shortly before the alleged communications began.

He is accused of conveying information deemed SECRET to an alleged female from Ukraine on a foreign dating platform.

Within the indictment, transcripts of their conversations show the woman referring to Slater affectionately as her “secret informant love” and “secret agent” and asking for “sensitive, non-public, closely held and classified” defense data.

This included intel on military objectives concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and insights into Russian military strengths.

One message from March 7, 2022, highlighted the initial request for classified information where the woman asked if it was reliable that “100% of Russian troops are located on the territory of Ukraine.” The indictment outlines several other requests for confidential data.

On March 15, 2022, she praised Slater for providing information ahead of official news reports, writing, “You are my secret informant love! How were your meetings? Successfully?” and signed another request with, “You are my secret agent. With love.”

Slater complied with each request for classified information. On April 12, the woman expressed delight over the classified status of weapon supplies, stating, “Sweet Dave, the supply of weapons is completely classified, which is great!”

Ultimately Slater was arrested and the DOJ charged him with conspiracy to disclose national defense information and two counts of unauthorized disclosure. If found guilty, Slater faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.

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