David Patrikarakos

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Person.png David Patrikarakos   LinkedIn TwitterRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, author, deep state operative)
Alma materUniversity College School, Wadham College (Oxford)
Member ofEXPOSE Network
Interest of"Philip Cross"
Relatives • Sylvia Kedourie
• Elie Kedourie
British journalist, author and TV producer linked to the Integrity Initiative's EXPOSE Network

Employment.png Foreign Correspondent

In office
March 2022 - Present

Employment.png Contributing Editor

In office
July 2015 - Present
EmployerDaily Beast

Employment.png Poynter Fellow

In office
February 2014 - Present
EmployerYale University

David Patrikarakos is a British journalist, author and TV producer. He was linked to the Integrity Initiative's EXPOSE Network.


Patrikarakos was born in Hampstead and attended University College School, of Iraqi-Jewish ancestry.[1] He studied at [Wadham College in Oxford.[2]


In 2012 Patrikarakos published Nuclear Iran: Birth of An Atomic State[3]

According to Wikipedia, he is "best known as the author of War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century[4], which drew from Patrikarakos' time embedded with forces in the Russian-Ukraine conflict. In January 2018, the incoming head of UK Chief of the Defence Staff, Nick Carter concluded his first major policy speech at Royal United Services Institute by calling on the 77 Brigade to observe the lessons of Patrikarakos' book.[5] It was also the first book to explore the work of Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat, who would gain prominence in later operations.[6]

Outing James Schneider

In a 2020 article for the Spectator, Patrikarakos outed is friend James Schneider as a spook. Starting by describing John le Carré’s protagonists — "many of whom", he asserts, "were spies" — as "[p]ukka but not really; English but not quite", Patrikarakos went on to liken Schneider, Ben Judah and himself to them in the following passage:

It was in my third year as a postgraduate student at Oxford that I met my now great friend (and probable distant cousin) the writer Ben Judah […] Halfway through the night, in walked Ben’s friend, James Schneider […] another product of exile (via a Jewish father whose origins lay in Eastern Europe), formed by his passage through England’s institutions, and like us ‘Pukka but not really; English but not quite.’"[7]

The independent writer Phil Bevin picked up this connection, and commented: "If it could be considered unfortunate for an avowed radical leftist like James Schneider to have one friend named in connection to influential intelligence officer Chris Donnelly, to have three might be regarded as embarrassing. Perhaps more embarrassing still is for one of these individuals—in this case, Ben Judah, now a senior fellow at the CIA-linked Atlantic Council.."[8].

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