Eli Lake

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Eli Lake (born July 9, 1972), is an American journalist and political commentator known primarily as the national security correspondent for The Daily Beast and Newsweek as well as for being frequent contributor to the Bloggingheads.tv website.[1] In 2013, he wrote an article for the Daily Beast about Twitter users who call him an egg.[2]

Lake graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1994.[3] He then served as a national security reporter at the New York Sun[4] and as the State Department correspondent for United Press International.[5] Until 2011, he was a contributing editor for The New Republic.[6][7]

Lake has been criticized for reporting based on faulty information and questionable sources.[8] In particular, Lake has faced criticism for failing to corroborate claims made by U.S. government sources about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq during the Iraq War and about the foreign associations of Iraqi political figures,[8][9] and for misreporting that a 2013 shutdown of U.S. embassies in Middle Eastern countries was based on the U.S. government's interception of an Al-Qaeda "conference call".[8][10][11] In addition, the objectivity of Lake's regular praise for the government of the Republic of Georgia was called into question in 2011 after it was revealed that he was a close friend of one of the country's top Washington lobbyists, and that the lobbyist had been paying for Lake's tabs at restaurants and bars.[8][12]

Regarding U.S. attempts to try Wikileaks head Julian Assange under the Espionage Act of 1917, Lake has said: "I oppose the application of the espionage statute to Assange because the same kind of prosecution would make me a criminal too."[13][14]


  1. ^ Bloggingheads search
  2. ^ Lake, Eli (May 15, 2013). "'Dear Twitter Haters: I, Eli, Love Your Passion'". The Daily Beast. 
  3. ^ "Succeeding: Eli Lake '94". Mosaic (Trinity College). May 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Mark Leon (June 30, 2008). "UN Plaza: Eli Lake as UN Validator". UN Dispatch. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ Host: John Ydstie (September 18, 2002). "Interview: Eli Lake Discusses His Article In The New Republic About The Fact That The Bush Administration Is Getting Competing Intelligence Reports On Iraq That May Be Confusing The Situation". All Things Considered. NPR. http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/transcripts/2002/sep/020918.ydstie.html.
  6. ^ Peretz, Marty (April 13, 2009). "What Hersh Giveth, Lake Taketh Away". The New Republic. 
  7. ^ "Eli Lake". The New Republic. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d Silverstein, Ken (August 15, 2013). "Anatomy of an Al Qaeda 'Conference Call'". Harper's Magazine. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ Sullivan, Andrew (November 16, 2009). "'Send It To Lake Right Away!'". The Daily Dish (Atlantic Media). Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ Murphy, Dan (August 9, 2013). "Al Qaeda's 'conference call' and claims that the group is on the rise". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Trotter, J.K. (August 7, 2013). "Did the CIA Just Run an Intel Operation on the Daily Beast?". Gawker. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ Silverstein, Ken (October 5, 2011). "Neoconservatives hype a new Cold War". Salon. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ Lake, Eli (December 13, 2010). "I oppose the application of the espionage statute to Assange because the same kind of prosecution would make me a criminal too". Twitter. 
  14. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (December 14, 2010). "Attempts to prosecute WikiLeaks endanger press freedoms". Salon. 

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