Anonymous Source Tracker

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


Deutsche Bank Says U.S. Operations Aren't Part of Merger Talks ...
The two banks are close to sketching out the outline of a potential merger deal, people briefed on the matter have said. “We can assure you the U.S. has not ...

Bloomberg    April 6, 2019


The Latest: G-7 ministers make mildly worded commitments - The ...
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not allowed to speak to press ahead of the document's formal announcement. The G-7 countries  ...

Washington Post    April 6, 2019


Feds now probing El Chapo's wife over kingpin's daring 2015 prison ...
... and American citizenship, continues to use cash from her husband Joaquin Guzman Loera's drug empire to support her lavish lifestyle, the source said.

Fox News    April 6, 2019


Ex-Auburn football coach Tuberville to run for Ala. Senate - ABC News
Tuberville is set to announce his candidacy Saturday, according to a person familiar with Tuberville's decision. This person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss ...

ABC News    April 6, 2019


BHP Is Said Poised to Cut Jobs as Streamlining Plan Progresses ...
... Ltd. will cut jobs in a continuing effort to reduce bureaucracy under a previously foreshadowed streamlining strategy, a person familiar with the matter said.

Bloomberg    April 6, 2019


Exclusive: Saudi Arabia threatens to ditch dollar oil trades to stop ...
... other than the dollar if Washington passes a bill exposing OPEC members to U.S. antitrust lawsuits, three sources familiar with Saudi energy policy said.

Reuters    April 5, 2019


Biotech Crops Still a Sticking Point in US-China Trade Deal: Sources
... modified crops remains a sticking point in talks to end the trade war between China and the United States, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks.

New York Times    April 5, 2019


North Carolina Women's Basketball Coach Faces Complaints of ...
Sylvia Hatchell was placed on leave after players' families complained to university officials, according to two people with direct knowledge of the accusations.

New York Times    April 5, 2019


France Slams as 'Clumsy',' Premature' Talks of Brexit Delay: Source ...
"In any case, we need a clear plan from London by Tuesday," the source said. The chairman of European Union leaders Donald Tusk is likely to offer Britain a ...

New York Times    April 5, 2019


EU urges Brexit 'flextension' as UK pursues shorter delay - The ...
Two EU officials, who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to disclose information before it was made public, said that Tusk wants a one-year ...

Washington Post    April 5, 2019


The Latest: EU official floats idea of 1-year Brexit delay
Two EU officials, who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to disclose information before it was made public, said that Tusk wants a one-year ...

Associated Press    April 5, 2019


Exclusive: Saudi Arabia Threatens to Ditch Dollar Oil Trades to Stop ...
"The Saudis know they have the dollar as the nuclear option," one of the sources familiar with the matter said. "The Saudis say: let the Americans pass NOPEC ...

New York Times    April 5, 2019


Saudi Arabia said to detain U.S.-Saudi citizens in latest phase of ...
Most of the latest arrests occurred on Thursday, according to people briefed on the detentions, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because they ...

Washington Post    April 5, 2019


El Salvador trip holds family connection for governor's aide - The ...
“You went to sleep and you didn't know if you were going to get up alive,” said Melgar's father, who asked not to be named out of concern for the safety of family  ...

Washington Post    April 5, 2019


Legal marijuana workers blast U.S. citizenship denials over work ...
She asked not to be named publicly because of a new job in the medical field, they said. Deborah Cannon, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ...

CBS News    April 5, 2019


How Excess Speed, Hasty Commands and Flawed Software ...
"Power being left in take-off power while leveling off at that speed is not a normal procedure," said one U.S. pilot, who declined to be named because he was not ...

New York Times    April 5, 2019


FBI investigating Chinese woman's Trump resort visit: sources ...
Two current government sources said that the FBI was looking into possible counter-intelligence implications of the incident, however. Zhang told one Secret  ...

Reuters    April 5, 2019


Britney Spears focusing on mental health as she copes with father's ...
A source close to the singer said Jamie Spears was not doing well after a second surgery three weeks ago, and that Britney was finding his prolonged illness ...

NBC News    April 5, 2019


Brexit 'Flextension' Idea of EU's Tusk Would Allow UK to Leave on ...
Only that they would have to finalize the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement by then," the senior official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Tusk's idea ...

New York Times    April 5, 2019


Exclusive: Deutsche Bank open to U.S. revamp in merger talks ...
... of its U.S. investment bank after Commerzbank executives sought clarity on its plans during merger talks, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Reuters    April 5, 2019


AP sources: Cowboys, Lawrence agree on $105 million contract ...
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Cowboys have agreed on a $105 million, five-year contract with Lawrence. The agreement will include $65 ...

Washington Post    April 5, 2019


Deutsche, Commerzbank favor merger over holding company ...
... to plug capital holes resulting from asset revaluations and expected restructuring costs, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said earlier this week.

Reuters    April 5, 2019


INSIGHT-How excess speed, hasty commands and flawed software ...
“Power being left in take-off power while levelling off at that speed is not a normal procedure,” said one U.S. pilot, who declined to be named because he was not ...

Reuters    April 5, 2019


Who was first to launch 5G? Depends who you ask - Reuters
... and agreed to collectively light up the country's 5G networks just six hours after finding out about Verizon's plans, said the official, who declined to be named.

Reuters    April 5, 2019


Deutsche Bank's Asset Manager May Need Its Own Deal to Succeed ...
... and changes to its U.S. operations, according to people briefed on the matter. Woehrmann may also discard some of the ambitious targets set by his luckless ...

Bloomberg    April 5, 2019


Nielsen acquisition: Advent, Goldman, Apollo considering
Advent International is working with Goldman Sachs Group on a bid, as well as Apollo Global Management, said the people, who asked not to be named ...

CNBC    April 5, 2019


Boeing to cut 737 Max production rate amid growing safety concerns ...
A Boeing executive speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record told reporters in Renton, Wash., last week that  ...

Washington Post    April 5, 2019


NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
The user, who refused to be identified for security reasons, said the blimp was made to look like a Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airship. The AP reported in December ...

Associated Press    April 5, 2019


A US citizen wants to overthrow a US-backed government in Libya ...
A Western diplomat in the city, who did not want to be named in order to discuss a sensitive topic, said Haftar was likely hovering somewhere between posturing ...

CNN    April 5, 2019


Saudis Escalate Crackdown on Dissent, Arresting Nine and Risking ...
... group based in London that has worked on behalf of the activists, and by a Saudi associate of the detainees who insisted on anonymity out of safety fears.

New York Times    April 5, 2019


AP sources: Cowboys, Lawrence agree on $105 million contract
DALLAS (AP) — Two people with direct knowledge of the deal say the Dallas Cowboys have agreed on a $105 million, five-year contract with defensive end ...

Associated Press    April 5, 2019


U.S. imposes sanctions on two companies, tanker involved in ...
... strangulation of Maduro and his cronies,” said the official, who spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the administration.

Washington Post    April 5, 2019


Seeking 'Tougher' Direction for ICE, Trump Withdraws His Nominee ...
The two people familiar with the president's thinking both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the internal White ...

New York Times    April 5, 2019


Vanderbilt hires Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse - The ...
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday, April 5, 2019, because Vanderbilt has not commented on its coaching search. (David Zalubowski ...

Washington Post    April 5, 2019


AP source: Browns to sign S Burnett, ex-AAF QB Gilbert
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the plans says the Cleveland Browns intend to sign former Packers and Steelers safety Morgan Burnett and ...

Associated Press    April 5, 2019


Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank favour takeover over new holding ...
... in talks to merge, are currently favouring a straightforward takeover over more complex ways to structure a deal, three people close to the matter said.

Reuters    April 5, 2019


Biotech crops among sticking points in US-China trade deal: sources
... modified crops remains a sticking point in talks to end the trade war between China and the United States, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks.

Reuters    April 5, 2019


AP source: Vanderbilt hires Grizzlies assistant Stackhouse
(AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Vanderbilt has hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse as its basketball ...

Associated Press    April 5, 2019


Lack of security clearances hampers federal election panel ...
... were invited to a classified briefing in February under that arrangement, according to a U.S. official who requested anonymity to discuss internal processes.

Politico    April 5, 2019


Sen. Blumenthal: “Congress deserves that full report." TRANSCRIPT ...
According to one U.S. official briefed on the matter, quote, there was. immediate displeasure from the team when they saw how the A.G. had. characterized their ...

MSNBC    April 5, 2019


Amid Complaints of Unwanted Touching, Biden Jokes He Got ...
Sources close to Biden told Reuters this week that the flap over his history of hugging and touching members of the public at political events has not deterred an ...

New York Times    April 5, 2019


Apple Music's U.S. Subscriber Count Overtakes Spotify: Source ...
Apple Inc's streaming music service overtook rival Spotify Technology SA in terms of paid subscribers in the United States, a person familiar with the matter told ...

New York Times    April 5, 2019


Exclusive: Deutsche Bank Open to U.S. Revamp in Merger Talks ...
... Deutsche Bank was prepared to make deeper cuts at its loss-making U.S. business as a condition of proceeding with the merger talks, the sources said.

New York Times    April 5, 2019


Exclusive: United States Sets Sights on China in New Electric ...
... miners in early May as part of a first-of-its-kind effort to launch a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

New York Times    April 5, 2019


AP source: Vanderbilt hires Grizzlies assistant Stackhouse
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Vanderbilt has hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse  ...

USA Today    April 5, 2019


AP sources: Cowboys, Lawrence agree on $105 million contract
Two people with direct knowledge of the deal say the Dallas Cowboys have agreed on a $105 million, five-year contract with defensive end DeMarcus ...

USA Today    April 5, 2019


Tesla Board Probed Allegation That Elon Musk Pushed Employee ...
... according to people with direct knowledge of the incident who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. Musk made physical contact with the staffer in a ...

Bloomberg    April 5, 2019


In Indian election, Gandhi sibling charms but may struggle to win votes
“They brought her in at a very wrong time,” said one Congress official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak formally to media.

Reuters    April 5, 2019


Libyan militias capture Hifter's forces marching on Tripoli - ABC News
... eastern edges of the capital to Libya's western border, the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

ABC News    April 5, 2019


Germany to Press for Tax Cooperation, Debt Transparency at IMF ...
... by political risks such as trade disputes and Britain's departure from the European Union, said the government official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

New York Times    April 5, 2019


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