Retired Army officer who was arrested for sending classified information over dating app has been unmasked

Screenshots from David Slater's Facebook

The 63-year-old retired Army lieutenant colonel who held a Top Secret security clearance at the US Strategic Command when he was arrested for sending sensitive information through a foreign dating website and email has been unmasked.

It did not take long after the news of David Franklin Slater’s arrest for internet sleuths to find his Facebook account.

While his account only features a limited amount of photos, there was one photo of him posted in his Army class B uniform in 2016.

Most of the pages he liked were pages featuring scantily women, such as “All about Russian Women” and “Brunette beauties.”

Slater was arrested for reportedly sharing information with a supposed woman, whom he referred to as a “secret agent,” believed to be of Ukrainian nationality.

“You are my secret informant love!” the supposed Ukrainian woman wrote to Slater. “How were your meetings? Successfully?”

According to prosecutors, she regularly asked about his access to national defense information

“Dear, what is shown on the screens in the special room?? It is very interesting,” read one March 2022 message to him. “Beloved Dave, do NATO and Biden have a secret plan to help us,” the person asked in another message. 

The former US Army officer, who retired in 2020, worked at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska— home of US Strategic Command, which oversees command and control of the nuclear weapons stockpile.

He was working for the Air Force as a DoD employee at the time of his communications and had attended classified briefings on the war in Ukraine from February through April 2022.

Slater “knowingly transmitted classified national defense information to another person in blatant disregard for the security of his country and his oath to safeguard its secrets,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen from the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

If convicted on one count of conspiracy to disclose national defense information and two counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information, Slater faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000.

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