Anonymous Source Tracker

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


Trump disputes report about call with Whitaker over probe into hush ...
Multiple people familiar with the case said it was inaccurate and unfair to characterize Berman, who was appointed by Trump, as an ally, in part because his ...

NBC News    February 18, 2019


Temasek-Backed SATS Said to Tap Advisers to Review M&A Strategy
It could consider potential targets in Asia or Europe, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Deutsche ...

Bloomberg    February 18, 2019


Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit
... are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed Syrian forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists and a person close to the negotiations said Monday.

Associated Press    February 18, 2019


Brazil Is Said to Avoid Clash With Lawmakers in Pension Push ...
... the farm and industry caucuses that could jeopardize lawmaker support and create distractions, according to two people with direct knowledge of his thinking.

Bloomberg    February 18, 2019


Trump talking about John James as frontrunner for UN ambassador ...
... mentioned former Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James as a leading contender for the role of US ambassador to the United Nations, a source close to  ...

CNN    February 18, 2019


Jussie Smollett "attack": Chicago police want to interview him again ...
A source close to the investigation tells CBS News two Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, told detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the attack .

CBS News    February 18, 2019


Trump can't run the Mueller playbook on New York feds - POLITICO
Whitaker's rebuttals, Nadler said, were “directly contradicted by several media reports” and other people with “direct knowledge” of the calls he got from the ...

Politico    February 18, 2019


Pregnant Meghan Markle makes secret trip to New York City for ...
The Duchess of Sussex is seeing friends before she has her baby, a source said.

ABC News    February 18, 2019


Ireland's Top Spending Official Said to Weigh Central Bank Run ...
... and reform, Robert Watt, is considering a new attempt at becoming the nation's central bank governor, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg    February 18, 2019


Greece Said to Seek European Commission Assent for Bank Plan ...
... help the country's banks speed up their bad-loan disposals, in a bid to restore confidence in the battered sector, according to two people familiar with the matter .

Bloomberg    February 18, 2019


Brazil Is Said to Avoid Conflict With Lawmakers in Pension Push ...
... the farm and industry caucuses that could jeopardize lawmaker support and create distractions, according to two people with direct knowledge of his thinking.

Bloomberg    February 18, 2019


Cancellation of Pakistan Trip Revives Debate Over Taliban's Ability ...
Two Afghan officials who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the news media said it was likely that Pakistan had called off the ...

New York Times    February 18, 2019


Vatican sex abuse: Pope, church officials allowed accused priests ...
She and her 22-year-old brother, who requested anonymity to share their experiences as minors, are among at least 14 former students who say they were  ...

Washington Post    February 18, 2019


The English Voice of ISIS Comes Out of the Shadows - The New ...
Later, a U.S. official briefed on the matter confirmed to The Times that Mr. Khalifa was indeed the narrator. The release of the “Flames of War” video on Sept.

New York Times    February 17, 2019


Sudan lawmakers cancel meeting on constitutional changes - The ...
The activists spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. A government spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sunday's ...

Washington Post    February 17, 2019


Pulwama attack: In Indian-controlled Kashmir, attack puts focus on ...
A senior police official in Kashmir who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of protocol said local recruitment started to rise after a charismatic militant ...

Washington Post    February 17, 2019


Democrats offer European allies the promise of a post-Trump future ...
“We fool ourselves if we think Trump is just an aberration,” said a senior German official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. “Trump is a ...

Washington Post    February 17, 2019


Cory Booker says he will won't comment further on Smollett case ...
Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Saturday that Chicago Police believe Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the ...

CNN    February 17, 2019


Jussie Smollett: Brothers say "Empire" actor paid them to participate ...
The source said detectives have evidence to corroborate the sale, something the men's attorney alluded to Friday night. "New evidence that was brought to their ...

CBS News    February 17, 2019


AP source: Mets, Hechavarria agree to minor league deal
A person familiar with the deal says shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring ...

USA Today    February 17, 2019


AP source: Moustakas, Brewers nearing deal for $10M - The ...
Mike Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a guarantee of $10 million, a person familiar with the ...

Washington Post    February 17, 2019


AP source: Moustakas, Brewers nearing deal for about $10M - The ...
A person familiar with the negotiations says Mike Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a ...

Washington Post    February 17, 2019


AP source: Moustakas, Brewers nearing deal for about $10M
A person familiar with the negotiations says Mike Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a ...

USA Today    February 17, 2019


AP source: Mets, Hechavarria agree to minor league deal - The ...
A person familiar with the deal says shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring ...

Washington Post    February 17, 2019


Analysis | The Plan to Avert Banking Chaos In a No-Deal Brexit
... ($846 billion) of balance-sheet assets to Frankfurt, according to people familiar with the matter. That ensures the new operations are sufficiently funded and in ...

Washington Post    February 17, 2019


Amazon's New York project foundered on labor organizing ...
Amazon executives were completely unprepared for the backlash, according to the people familiar with the matter. Polls showed a majority of New Yorkers ...

Fox News    February 17, 2019


Heather Nauert Withdraws as Trump's Nominee for UN Ambassador ...
Trump began discussing potential new candidates for the UN post Saturday evening with his advisers, according to one person familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg    February 17, 2019


Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration for UN Ambassador ...
The nanny wasn't paying taxes while she worked, the sources said. This was not known when Nauert became the State Department spokeswoman, but she did ...

CNN    February 17, 2019


Brothers tell police 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett paid them to ...
Detectives have now shifted the investigation towards determining whether Smollett made up the entire story, sources said. Abimbola (left) and Olabinjo ...

ABC News    February 17, 2019


Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry - The New ...
A senior German official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on such matters, shrugged his shoulders and said: “No one any ...

New York Times    February 17, 2019


Biden slams Trump's treatment of European allies as speculation ...
A source close to the Biden camp told Fox News last week that the former vice president is almost certain to enter the race soon. Report: Joe Biden believes he  ...

Fox News    February 17, 2019


After Amazon Deal's Demise, 'Raw' Feelings and Democratic Infighting
At least one Democrat asked Mr. Cuomo to reject Mr. Gianaris's appointment to the board, according to a person with direct knowledge of the conversation.

New York Times    February 16, 2019


Trump Says Japan's Abe Nominated Him for Nobel Peace Prize ...
A Japanese Foreign Ministry official who declined to be named in line with ministry policy said it is aware of Trump's remarks, but declined further comment.

Bloomberg    February 16, 2019


Mexico: Makeshift migrant shelter near border to close soon - The ...
“I don't feel safe here,” said Donaldo, a Honduran migrant who declined to give his last name for fear of possible reprisals in Mexico or back home. He added ...

Washington Post    February 16, 2019


FBI goes back to the future in Bridgeport
Another former law enforcement official who did not wish to be identified, said, “ You don't really know until you get involved in these (cases) where they might ...

Associated Press    February 16, 2019


AP source: OF Maybin nears minor league deal with Giants - The ...
16, 2019, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't complete. The agreement would have an invitation to major league camp at spring ...

Washington Post    February 16, 2019


AP source: OF Maybin nears minor league deal with Giants
Maybin must pass a physical, the person said Saturday, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't complete.

USA Today    February 16, 2019


Oravel Stays Private Ltd: Private Company Information - Bloomberg
Grab is expected to close the deal over the next few days, according to two people briefed on the matter. "As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on ...

Bloomberg    February 16, 2019


Jussie Smollett 'angered and devastated' at suggestions he was ...
The brothers agreed to cooperate with police after being threatened with charges , sources said.

ABC News    February 16, 2019


Police sources: New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett ...
Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate an ...

CNN    February 16, 2019


Purchases With Plastic Get Costlier for Merchants—and Consumers ...
... merchandise purchased using Mastercard debit cards will in some cases become more expensive for stores, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Wall Street Journal    February 16, 2019


Jussie Smollett case: Brothers tell cops they were paid to stage attack
... investigators that they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized  ...

USA Today    February 16, 2019


With Trump's Tough Deterrents, Many Asylum Seekers on the Border
Among those who have been dissuaded, at least for now, is Natali, 32, who asked to be identified only by her first name because she feared for her safety.

New York Times    February 16, 2019


Bernie Sanders records video announcing 2020 campaign - POLITICO
... bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot.

Politico    February 16, 2019


AP source: OF Maybin nears minor league deal with Giants
Maybin must pass a physical, the person said Saturday, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't complete.

Associated Press    February 16, 2019


2nd arrest in robbery that led to NYPD friendly fire death
The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. The suspect's name wasn't immediately available Friday  ...

Associated Press    February 16, 2019


Heather Nauert, Trump's pick for U.S. ambassador to the United ...
The withdrawal is related to the employment of a nanny who was in the country illegally, said three people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss ...

Washington Post    February 16, 2019


Defense Department to start examining projects in hunt for border ...
A defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning, said the military's analysis included an assessment of where border ...

Washington Post    February 16, 2019


ONGC Videsh Limited: Private Company Information - Bloomberg
Both sources declined to be identified due to sensitivity of the issue. No immediate response was available from ONGC. Petronet LNG And Videsh In Talks To ...

Bloomberg    February 16, 2019


Chicago Police Investigating Whether Smollett Coordinated Alleged ...
... star who said he was attacked last month by two people yelling racial and gay epithets, coordinated the attack, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Wall Street Journal    February 16, 2019


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