Anonymous Source Tracker

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


Lawmakers prep bipartisan bill to curtail Trump's tariff authority ...
and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) are expected to introduce the House version, two sources close to the effort told POLITICO. | Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images. trade ...

Politico    January 25, 2019


Knicks Make Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee Available for Trade
7 trade deadline, according to three people familiar with the team's stance. The team's motivation in both cases is largely financial, according to the people, who  ...

New York Times    January 24, 2019


Two Competing Plans to End Shutdown Fail in the Senate - The ...
... Republican senators vented their concern to Vice President Mike Pence about the prolonged shutdown, according to two people familiar with the discussion, ...

New York Times    January 24, 2019


Waters plans fresh scrutiny of nation's big banks - POLITICO
... to testify soon at what could be an intense House hearing led by new Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, sources familiar with the matter said.

Politico    January 24, 2019


State of Play: U.S.-China Trade Negotiations `Miles' From Deal ...
... and denied any of state-led intellectual property theft while asking for evidence from the U.S. that it is taking place, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Bloomberg    January 24, 2019


Oops: A Brief History of Some of the Market's Worst Fat Fingers ...
... which experienced software errors causing the firm to spew unintentional orders from the first moments of trading, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Bloomberg    January 24, 2019


Trump Says He'll Put Off State of the Union Until After Shutdown ...
A White House official, who refused to be identified, denied the administration leaked the information about the commercial flight. The acrimony has added to the ...

Bloomberg    January 24, 2019


World's Worst Hedge Fund Region Had a December to Forget ...
Here are some of the other Asian funds that lost money in 2018, according to people with direct knowledge of their operations. Representatives for the funds ...

Bloomberg    January 24, 2019


Top Natixis Asia Salesman Is Said to Exit After $295 Million Hit ...
The trades that went awry involved so-called autocallables in South Korea, volatile derivatives linked to shares, a person familiar with the matter said in ...

Bloomberg    January 24, 2019


Westford Home Targeted in Three-community Pot Probe
They believed the home had changed hands many times in the past 10 years, so often that Evan, a neighbor who declined to give his last name, said he and his ...

Associated Press    January 24, 2019


AP source: reliever Brach agrees to $4.35M deal with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says free agent reliever Brad Brach and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract that ...

USA Today    January 24, 2019


Power Up: Here's why Trump isn't budging on his border wall - The ...
... also adjusting his position as his popularity suffers in public polls, according to a person close to him and White House officials,” report Dawsey and Costa.

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


Koch network tells donors it plans to stay out of 2020 race, once ...
The network's plan to stay out of the 2020 race was quietly relayed to major donors in recent months, according to people familiar with the conversations.

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


Canadian police make 2 arrests in national security probe - The ...
The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press via AP) (Associated Press). By Rob ...

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


AP source: MLB seeks to increase DL, option time
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the plans were not publicly announced. The minimum length of time an injured player spends ...

USA Today    January 24, 2019


AP source: reliever Brach agrees to $4.35M deal with Cubs - The ...
24, 2019. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Brach and the Cubs have options for 2020. (Jim Mone ...

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


World Digest: Jan. 24, 2019 - The Washington Post
... security forces in Khartoum sealed off main roads and used tear gas to disperse protesters, said the activists, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear ...

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


Apple Project Titan: 200 workers laid off self-driving car group
Apple dismissed just over 200 employees this week from Project Titan, its stealthy autonomous vehicle group, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.

USA Today    January 24, 2019


MLB rules changes: How proposals would limit teams
The official requested anonymity because he could not speak publicly as the negotiations are ongoing. The Associated Press was first to report the news.

USA Today    January 24, 2019


The Daily 202: An unintended consequence? Shutdown highlights ...
... the president to dig in while also adjusting his position as his popularity suffers in public polls, according to a person close to him and White House officials.”.

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


Trump's shutdown gift to Pelosi: A unified Democratic caucus - The ...
Officials think it will be harder for Democrats to keep sticking together amid Trump's offers, according to a person familiar with White House thinking who was not ...

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


AP source: Pollock agrees to $55M, 4-year deal with Dodgers - The ...
24, 2019 on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced (Ralph Freso, File/Associated Press). By Beth Harris | AP. January 24 .

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


Lawyer: Chris Brown accuser under 'psychological pressure” - The ...
... Press does not typically identify people alleging sexual assault unless they agree to be named or come forward publicly. Serfati's client requested anonymity.

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


S&P Wins Beijing's Approval to Offer Credit-Rating Services in China
A person familiar with the situation said major international ratings companies have been waiting for months for a green light from the central bank, and ...

Wall Street Journal    January 24, 2019


Elizabeth Warren to propose new 'wealth tax' on very rich Americans ...
Warren's proposal includes at least three new mechanisms to combat tax evasion , according to a person familiar with the plan. Those are a significant increase ...

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


Emin Agalarov, Russian singer linked to Trump family, cancels ...
The Agalarovs were in talks with Trump about a real estate deal in Moscow that would include a Trump Tower, but according to a person familiar with the deal, ...

NBC News    January 24, 2019


Officials rejected Jared Kushner for top secret security clearance, but ...
After reviewing the file, CIA officers who make clearance decisions balked, two of the people familiar with the matter said. One called over to the White House ...

NBC News    January 24, 2019


AP source: Pollock agrees to $55M, 4-year deal with Dodgers
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced. The agreement includes a $10 million player option for  ...

Associated Press    January 24, 2019


Cabrera finalizes $3.5M deal to be Rangers 3B after Beltre - The ...
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, because the deal is pending a physical for the 33-year-old ...

Washington Post    January 24, 2019


AP source: reliever Brach agrees to $4.35M deal with Cubs
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Brach and the Cubs have options for 2020. The right-hander had ...

Associated Press    January 24, 2019


Taiwan EVA Air incident sparks outrage - CNN
Two and a half hours into the 14-hour journey, he asked to use the business class lavatory, according to the flight attendant, who declined to be named.

CNN    January 23, 2019


Trump expected to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader as ...
... president of Venezuela once Guaido takes the oath of office, a move that could take place as early as Wednesday, three sources familiar with the matter said.

CNN    January 23, 2019


Japan's General Oyster Said to Draw Deal Interest From China ...
... been approached by several Chinese companies interested in buying a stake or perhaps acquiring the business, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg    January 23, 2019


Pelosi Blocks Trump State of the Union During Government Shutdown
A White House official, who refused to be identified, denied the administration leaked the information about the commercial flight. (Updates with quote from ...

Bloomberg    January 23, 2019


Fed Said to Probe Deutsche Bank Over Suspicious Danske Cash ...
... examining how Deutsche Bank AG handled billions of dollars in suspicious transactions from Denmark's leading lender, according to people familiar with the  ...

Bloomberg    January 23, 2019


Edcon Is Said to Be in Talks for $216 Million Rescue Funding ...
... largest fund manager, may provide 1.8 billion rand to assist the company, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information isn't yet public.

Bloomberg    January 23, 2019


Venezuela Oil Sanctions Likely to Hit Some U.S. Refiners - Bloomberg
... policy objectives in Venezuela, because India, Russia and China will continue buying the country's oil, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

Bloomberg    January 23, 2019


White House takes 'haphazard' approach to Dem oversight - POLITICO
“They didn't really even use that for a warmup… when they were coming from sympathetic chairs,” said a senior Democratic aide, referencing the White House's ...

Politico    January 23, 2019


Week 5: House Dems float '21st Century' border security plan
However, a senior Democratic aide who was unauthorized to discuss ongoing talks, said the money would not reach that level. In the Senate, the coming votes  ...

Associated Press    January 23, 2019


Bryan Singer faces allegations of sexual assault with minors
Three of the men spoke on the condition of anonymity. Victor Valdovinos said he was molested by Singer on the set of 1998's "Apt Pupil" when he was in the ...

Associated Press    January 23, 2019


Miley Cyrus wants a family with Liam Hemsworth
A source said: "Miley is not pregnant currently but does want to have a family with Liam. Miley and Liam say they felt married before their actual ceremony.

Associated Press    January 23, 2019


Media use unnamed sources to trash Giuliani over missteps | Fox ...
... end of the 2016 campaign — a statement that enraged Trump because it contradicted his own public position, according to two sources close to the president.

Fox News    January 23, 2019


'Master negotiator' or 'nonentity'? Kushner thrusts himself into middle ...
A person close to Kushner said he doesn't trust many of his colleagues in the White House. Shahira Knight, the legislative affairs director, has expressed unease ...

Washington Post    January 23, 2019


Iranian TV anchor held as witness is released from US jail - The ...
A person familiar with the matter said Hashemi had fulfilled her obligation as a material witness and was released. The person was not authorized to discuss the  ...

Washington Post    January 23, 2019


Iranian TV anchor held as witness is released from U.S. jail
A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Hashemi fulfilled her obligation as a material witness and was released. The person was not ...

NBC News    January 23, 2019


Male nurse charged with assaulting vulnerable woman who later ...
A person familiar with the matter said Hashemi had fulfilled her obligation as a material witness and was released. Dozens of activists protested outside the ...

Washington Post    January 23, 2019


U.S. medical tourists in Tijuana contract rare, antibiotic-resistant ...
A woman who answered the agency's telephone blamed reports of infections on “ a competitor's smear campaign.” She declined to give her name.

Washington Post    January 23, 2019


White House seeks list of programs that would be hurt if shutdown ...
Mulvaney wants the list no later than Friday, these people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the request  ...

Washington Post    January 23, 2019


Senators hope defeat of dueling plans produces a solution to ...
... that there is overwhelming support for their plan, according to a Senate Republican leadership aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid.

Washington Post    January 23, 2019


Tuesday Sports in Brief - The Washington Post
Free agent Asdrubal Cabrera has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Rangers, according to a person familiar with the deal. That person spoke to ...

Washington Post    January 23, 2019


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