Anonymous Source Tracker

Daily examples of how major news organizations in the United States use anonymous sources


Indian, Australian Warships Arrive in China for Naval Parade - The ...
A source familiar with the situation told Reuters the "Kolkata" had sailed through the Taiwan Strait to get to Qingdao, a sensitive waterway that separates China ...

New York Times    April 21, 2019


FBI arrests leader of US 'patriots' stopping migrants at border - Reuters
One UCP member, who declined to be named, said the group are U.S. military veterans who carried weapons for self defense but that they never pointed guns ...

Reuters    April 21, 2019


Coordinated explosions rock three churches and two hotels in Sri ...
... killed or injured, but more than 100 people were admitted to hospitals in Colombo, according to a medical source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Washington Post    April 21, 2019


Sri Lanka explosions: Over 100 dead in Easter Sunday attack - The ...
The dead included at least eight foreigners, including three Americans, according to doctors in Colombo who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Images from ...

Washington Post    April 21, 2019


Explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday
Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not ...

CNBC    April 21, 2019


The Latest: 6 Blasts Target Churches, Hotels in Sri Lanka - The New ...
The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with reporters. ___. 10:10 a.m.. Advertisement. Witnesses are reporting two ...

New York Times    April 21, 2019


Europe's patience with bumbling Brexit Britain is remarkable ...
This ill-informed whine apparently came from “an educational psychologist at a west London shopping mall, who declined to give her name”. Treated us? All our  ...

The Guardian    April 21, 2019


Blast, gunfire as attackers enter Afghan communications ministry in ...
One security official, who declined to be identified by name, said the initial blast appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomb at the entry to the ministry.

Reuters    April 20, 2019


Afghan telecoms ministry hit by blast as attackers enter Kabul building
One security official, who declined to be identified by name, said the initial blast appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomb at the entrance to the ministry.

The Guardian    April 20, 2019


Ex-Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid - The ...
A person familiar with the matter tells the Associated Press that former U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn was arrested and charged Friday, April 19, 2019.

Washington Post    April 20, 2019


Ex-Marine Arrested in North Korea Embassy Attack in Madrid - The ...
Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested and charged Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The specific charges against Ahn were ...

New York Times    April 20, 2019


World Digest: April 20, 2019 - The Washington Post
Christopher Ahn was arrested and charged Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The specific charges against Ahn were not immediately clear.

Washington Post    April 20, 2019


Ex-Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid
A person familiar with the matter tells the Associated Press that former U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn was arrested and charged Friday. The specific charges ...

Associated Press    April 20, 2019


Commerzbank Rises After Drawing Takeover Interest From ING
Commerzbank AG has been sounded out by ING Groep NV about a possible combination of the two lenders, according to a person familiar with the matter, ...

Bloomberg    April 20, 2019


Capitals forward T.J. Oshie suffered broken collarbone, unlikely to ...
... of the playoffs — no matter how long they last — according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation. The team has said Oshie is out indefinitely with  ...

Washington Post    April 20, 2019


For Bernie Sanders, 2016 gets in the way of 2020 - The Washington ...
... in typical fashion, listened intently with a poker face in the private meeting, according to three attendees who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Washington Post    April 20, 2019


Ex-Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid - ABC ...
The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Separately, on Thursday, federal agents raided  ...

ABC News    April 20, 2019


Anderson sits out game, doesn't detail comments in fracas - The ...
A person familiar with the penalty told The Associated Press that Anderson's suspension was the result of his language, which was included in the umpires' ...

Washington Post    April 20, 2019


Sudanese authorities arrest members of Bashir's party: source ...
The source said military intelligence officers who searched Bashir's home found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros, as well as five ...

Reuters    April 20, 2019


Sudan Investigating Bashir After Large Sums of Cash Found at ...
The source said that military intelligence had searched Bashir's home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros, as well as five ...

New York Times    April 20, 2019


National Childbirth Trust president quits in breastfeeding row ...
A breastfeeding counsellor and NCT practitioner, who did not want to be named, said she had been repeatedly concerned by posts by the NCT on Instagram ...

The Guardian    April 20, 2019


Anti-Haftar forces near Libya capital launch counter-attack | AFP.com
The advance followed a "heavy artillery (attack) and medium-calibre fire early in the morning", he said, but did not want to be named. He said eight of his fighters ...

Agence France-Presse    April 20, 2019


Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely - The Washington ...
... which included many more women, according to a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak ...

Washington Post    April 19, 2019


Knicks Fans Dream of Durant and Irving. Will Dolan Be the Nightmare?
Several other executives who have worked closely with Dolan over the years but did not want to be named in order to speak candidly described a complex man ...

New York Times    April 19, 2019


North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell Resigns After Investigation ...
... officials to air concerns, according to people with knowledge of the meeting who requested anonymity because they feared retaliation if they spoke publicly.

New York Times    April 19, 2019


T-Mobile's Legere Said to Defend Sprint Deal to U.S. Officials ...
... after staff attorneys vetting the merger informed the companies of their concerns, said the people, who requested anonymity because the review is confidential.

Bloomberg    April 19, 2019


BC-BBA--Athletics-Davis,1st Ld-Writethru
The new deal adds $33.75 million for 2020 and '21, which increased Davis' guarantee to $50.25 million over three years, a person familiar with the agreement ...

Associated Press    April 19, 2019


The release of the Mueller report is not the end of the Russia ...
... to be almost no support for Cain, a former GOP presidential candidate and pizza industry executive, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Fox News    April 19, 2019


Dwight Howard exercises player option, will return to Wizards for the ...
According to a person close to Howard, the center exercised a $5.6 million player option for the second year of his two-year contract. The move was expected as ...

Washington Post    April 19, 2019


'When Deported, You Become Nothing' - POLITICO Magazine
At bottom right, Jose—who also declined to be identified fully for the same reason —broke his leg in several parts shortly before reaching the border. “I'll never try ...

Politico    April 19, 2019


Biden to Announce U.S. Presidential Run on Wednesday: Report ...
In the days after four women came forward with allegations, sources close to Biden told Reuters that campaign preparations had not been slowed by the ...

New York Times    April 19, 2019


World Digest: April 19, 2019 - The Washington Post
The leader, who declined to be named, said the proposed council would be mostly civilian with some military participation. — Reuters. AFGHANISTAN.

Washington Post    April 19, 2019


Sudan Opposition to Present Candidates for Civilian Leadership on ...
The leader, who declined to be named, said the proposed council would be mostly civilian with some military participation. Sudan has been ruled by a military ...

New York Times    April 19, 2019


Biden hires senior advisors from Obama admin for 2020 campaign
Those who described the recent hirings declined to be named in this story because they did not want to get ahead of the upcoming announcement. NBC News ...

CNBC    April 19, 2019


More protesters flood Sudan's sit-in to demand civilian rule - Reuters
The leader, who declined to be named, said the proposed council would be mostly civilian with some military participation. The Sudanese Professionals' ...

Reuters    April 19, 2019


Trump Post-Mueller Euphoria Gives Way to Anger and Recrimination
It was First Lady Melania Trump's idea to spurn the press as Trump sought to show defiance after Mueller's report, people briefed on the matter said. But his ...

Bloomberg    April 19, 2019


Brazil's Bolsonaro No Longer Against Sale of Postal Service: Source ...
This change of stance has allowed the economic team to consider ways to sell the state-owned company, the source said, referring to Empresa Brasileira de ...

New York Times    April 19, 2019


U.S. Arrests Former Marine Connected to North Korea Embassy ...
Hong was not present at his residence when the raid occurred, the source said. The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment. A group of at least 10 people  ...

New York Times    April 19, 2019


Exclusive: Tereos Still Searching for Wider Funding-Sources - The ...
... is still working to find additional banks to spread risk on a 250 million euro ( $281 million) loan secured earlier this year, two sources familiar with the matter said.

New York Times    April 19, 2019


Will the Benettons Use Alitalia to Fly in From the Cold? - The New ...
However, sources familiar with the matter said Atlantia could mend relations with the government by joining a rescue of Alitalia, which Rome is desperate to save ...

New York Times    April 19, 2019


Facebook is facing a federal investigation that could hold Mark ...
But Facebook has fought fiercely to shield Zuckerberg as part of the negotiations, one of the sources familiar with the probe said. Either Facebook or the FTC ...

Washington Post    April 19, 2019


Biden Expected to Launch Presidential Campaign Next Week - The ...
The people with knowledge of Biden's plans insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Advertisement. The Atlantic first reported ...

New York Times    April 19, 2019


Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week
His plans were confirmed by three people with knowledge, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The announcement ...

Associated Press    April 19, 2019


Joe Biden expected to launch 2020 presidential bid next week
The people with knowledge of Biden's plans insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The Atlantic first reported Biden's ...

USA Today    April 19, 2019


Mueller report latest: House subpoenas for unredacted version – live ...
The people with knowledge of Biden's plans insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Facebook Twitter · 10.11am EDT 10:11.

The Guardian    April 19, 2019


Mueller report: House subpoenas for release of unredacted version ...
The people with knowledge of Biden's plans insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Facebook Twitter · 9.57am EDT 09:57.

The Guardian    April 19, 2019


Congress Spokeswoman Quits in Middle of Indian Election, Joins ...
But a senior Congress source, who declined to be identified, defended the party's decision to lift the members' suspension after "due procedure".

New York Times    April 19, 2019


Congress spokeswoman Priyanka Chaturvedi quits in middle of ...
A senior Congress source, who declined to be identified, defended the party's decision to lift the members' suspension after “due procedure”. Another top ...

Reuters    April 19, 2019


Exclusive: Tereos still searching for wider funding - sources - Reuters
Potential bidders were put off by tough conditions for European sugar producers faced with a collapse in prices, the two sources said. The company's high debt ...

Reuters    April 19, 2019


Michelle Williams, Phil Elverum split after wedding in July - ABC News
A person close to the couple who requested anonymity because they werent authorized to comment on the matter confirmed the split Friday. It was first reported ...

ABC News    April 19, 2019


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