Anonymous Source Tracker

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


Nineteen Bags Containing Human Remains Found in Mexico - The ...
... on Thursday night for security reasons and resumed on Friday morning, an official at the attorney general's office said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

New York Times    March 15, 2019


Burundi children detained for scribbling on leader's image - The ...
The parent and teacher in this case in Kirundo spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for their safety. Burundi has been in political turmoil since President ...

Washington Post    March 15, 2019


Mel Brooks: New biography shows beloved comedy comes from ...
"Probably in the majority of cases, but certainly for those who spoke off the record — I know because I heard the constant refrain — people feared Brooks' temper ...

USA Today    March 15, 2019


New Evidence in Ethiopian 737 Crash Points to Connection to ...
... ultimately contributed to American regulators' decision to ground the 737 Max this week, according to the two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

New York Times    March 15, 2019


Italy's drive to join China's Belt and Road hits potholes | Reuters
... much work to be done on the China deals, including what money is involved,” said a business source involved in the negotiations, who declined to be named.

Reuters    March 15, 2019


Venezuela Was Crumbling. A Blackout Tipped Parts of It Into Anarchy.
He declined to be named fearing the government. “The worst was the smell: it was a dirty, bloody smell, and the heat made the atmosphere thick and awful.”.

New York Times    March 15, 2019


Beto O'Rourke to run for 2020: source | Reuters.com
... election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz last year, will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a source close to the campaign .}

Reuters    March 14, 2019


Beto O'Rourke to Seek Democratic U.S. Presidential Nomination ...
... battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz last year, will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, a source close to the campaign said on Wednesday.

New York Times    March 14, 2019


Italy - Factors to watch on March 14 | Reuters
... decree to renew a state-backed bad loan guarantee scheme some time between the weekend and Tuesday, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday.

Reuters    March 14, 2019


Beto O'Rourke to leap into 2020 Democratic presidential race ...
... U.S. Senator Ted Cruz last year, will make his announcement via video on social media at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT), a source close to the campaign said.

Reuters    March 14, 2019


The Latest: Source: Adrian Peterson to return to Redskins
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the move. The deal is worth up to $5.5 million.

Associated Press    March 14, 2019


Brazil's Right-Wing Government Puts Gag Order on Environment ...
... head of communications was forced out after weeks resisting the ministry's order to redirect press inquiries, according to a person familiar with the matter.

New York Times    March 14, 2019


Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN ...
Sources close to the negotiations told AFP some developed nations, led by the United States, had threatened not to "welcome" the GEO report -- a procedural ...

Agence France-Presse    March 14, 2019


Exclusive: U.S. Aims to Cut Iran Oil Exports to Under 1 Million Bpd ...
... barrels per day (bpd) from May by requiring importing countries to reduce purchases to avoid U.S. sanctions, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

New York Times    March 14, 2019


China customs lifts suspension on Tesla Model 3 imports - sources
... on imports of Tesla's Model 3 after the U.S. electric car maker made the necessary rectifications, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. China's ...

CNBC    March 14, 2019


Bangladesh extends deadline to submit plans to build new LNG ...
... expressions of interest (EOI) to build the country's first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Reuters    March 14, 2019


Brazil's Bolsonaro to Visit Israel With Embassy Move Still Undecided ...
"Something will have to be said about the embassy during the trip," said the official with knowledge of the matter but who spoke on condition of anonymity.

New York Times    March 14, 2019


Facebook under criminal investigation over data-sharing deals with ...
... are looking into the social networking giant's sharing deals with other big tech companies, a source with knowledge of the matter told ABC News Wednesday.

ABC News    March 14, 2019


SoftBank and Other Investors May Buy $1 Billion Stake in Uber's Self ...
... and other investors for as much as $1 billion, as the ride-hailing company prepares to go public, according to four people with knowledge of the matter.

New York Times    March 14, 2019


49ers get off to busy start in free agency
San Francisco also agreed to a two-year deal with running back Tevin Coleman to add depth in the backfield, according to a person familiar with the deal who ...

Associated Press    March 14, 2019


U.S. Looks to Test Ground-Launched Cruise Missile in August - The ...
"We're going to test a ground-launched cruise missile in August," said a senior defense official, who declined to be named. Advertisement. If the testing is ...

New York Times    March 14, 2019


UPDATE 2-China's property investment growth hits 5-year high ...
"The market has obviously become better this month," said a senior executive from a top Chinese developer, who declined to be named because he is not ...

CNBC    March 14, 2019


China's property investment growth hits five-year high driven by ...
“The market has obviously become better this month,” said a senior executive from a top Chinese developer, who declined to be named because he is not ...

Reuters    March 14, 2019


Nissan May Ask Ex-Toray Boss Sakakibara to Chair Board Meetings ...
... Sadayuki Sakakibara to chair its board meetings while leaving vacant the chairman post previously held by Carlos Ghosn, a source said on Thursday.

New York Times    March 14, 2019


Nissan may ask ex-Toray boss Sakakibara to chair board meetings ...
The person declined to be identified because the decision is not final. (Reporting by Maki Shiraki; Writing by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Stephen Coates).

Reuters    March 14, 2019


Exclusive: U.S. aims to cut Iran oil exports to under 1 million bpd ...
“The goal right now is to reduce Iranian oil exports to under 1 million barrels per day,” one of the sources said, adding the Trump administration was concerned ...

Reuters    March 14, 2019


Boeing 737 MAX Deliveries in Limbo After Deadly Crash-Sources ...
... though production continued, after the United States joined a global grounding of the narrowbody model over safety concerns, industry sources said.

New York Times    March 14, 2019


Abrams, Biden Meet as Both Weigh 2020 Decisions - The New York ...
Abrams, 45, narrowly missed being elected the first black woman governor in American history. A person close to Abrams confirmed the meeting and says it was ...

New York Times    March 14, 2019


Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden meet as both weigh 2020 decisions
A person close to Abrams confirmed the meeting and says it was at Biden's request. The person was not authorized to speak publicly. Published 7 Hours Ago ...

CNBC    March 14, 2019


Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden meet as both weigh 2020 decisions
A person close to Abrams confirmed the meeting, saying it was set at Biden's request. The person wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of ...

Associated Press    March 14, 2019


Abrams, Biden huddle together as both look to 2020 elections - The ...
A person close to Abrams confirmed the meeting, saying it was set at Biden's request. The person wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of ...

Washington Post    March 14, 2019


Trump Says He Is in No Rush to Complete China Trade Deal - The ...
A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that there "were rumblings" in Washington about a possible meeting in late April. Advertisement. The president  ...

New York Times    March 14, 2019


S&P 500 Eases Amid U.S.-China Trade Uncertainty - The New York ...
A person familiar with the matter told Reuters there "were rumblings" about a possible meeting late next month. Bloomberg reported on Thursday that a meeting ...

New York Times    March 14, 2019


China's Customs Said to Lift Tesla Model 3 Import Suspension ...
China's customs has lifted a suspension on imports of Tesla Inc.'s Model 3, a person familiar with the matter said, clearing the way for the electric-car maker to  ...

Bloomberg    March 14, 2019


US, Brazil will not reach deal on beef during visit next week-á-sources
... beef imports in time for next week's official visit of President Jair Bolsonaro to Washington, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

CNBC    March 14, 2019


US, Brazil will not reach deal on beef during visit next week -sources ...
... beef imports in time for next week's official visit of President Jair Bolsonaro to Washington, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

Reuters    March 14, 2019


The Daily 202: Trump will soon be forced to issue his first two vetoes ...
... and other devices, according to two people who were familiar with the requests and who insisted on anonymity to discuss confidential legal matters.

Washington Post    March 14, 2019


How Beto shook off his funk and decided to run - POLITICO
He had begun to gain back weight he had lost during the Senate campaign, and according to several people close to O'Rourke, he received encouragement ...

Politico    March 14, 2019


$1.5 billion Mega Millions winner decided to buy ticket while on a ...
The winner, a South Carolina woman who chose to remain anonymous, selected the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124. The payout is the ...

ABC News    March 14, 2019


UPDATE 1-No U.S.-Brazil beef deal ready for Bolsonaro visit next ...
But people close to the matter said there is no chance of a deal resulting from Bolsonaro's official visit, which includes a conversation with U.S. President Donald ...

CNBC    March 14, 2019


UPDATE 1-No U.S.-Brazil beef deal ready for Bolsonaro visit next ...
But people close to the matter said there is no chance of a deal resulting from Bolsonaro's official visit, which includes a conversation with U.S. President Donald ...

Reuters    March 14, 2019


Egypt Returns to LNG Exports Club With Tender for Four Cargoes ...
The state gas company EGAS is tendered to sell four cargoes of LNG for loading in April, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The bids are due ...

Bloomberg    March 14, 2019


Former Obama bundler reaches out to donors to back O'Rourke in ...
... to contribute to the former congressman's presidential operation, said the people, who declined to be named due to the conversations being deemed private.

CNBC    March 14, 2019


Bahrain Sentences 167 People to Prison in Crackdown on Dissent ...
"None of the defendants came to the court when the sentences were announced because they feared being arrested," one lawyer, who declined to be named, ...

New York Times    March 14, 2019


China's Property Investment Growth Hits Five-Year High Driven by ...
"The market has obviously become better this month," said a senior executive from a top Chinese developer, who declined to be named because he is not ...

New York Times    March 14, 2019


Witnesses say many dead, injured in shooting at New Zealand ...
A witness who declined to give his name told Stuff the gunman was wearing a helmet and fired more than 50 shots. "He had a big gun and a lot of bullets and he ...

Fox News    March 14, 2019


GOP unity behind Trump is cracking. Here's how it could get worse ...
unexpectedly arrived as Trump was having dinner in the residence with family, according to two people familiar with the episode, who requested anonymity to ...

Washington Post    March 14, 2019


Chris Cox welcomed Facebook employees and advocated ridding ...
One ex-employee, who asked not to be named, said Cox was viewed by many as "the heart and soul of the Facebook mission at the company." "He was an ...

CNBC    March 14, 2019


China, U.S. Said to Delay Trump-Xi Meeting to at Least April ...
The people asked not to be named as the details are private. Stocks edged lower and the dollar gained as investors weighed fresh developments in trade talks ...

Bloomberg    March 14, 2019


Russia's Top Banks Plot Temporary Sanctions Workaround: Sources ...
... retain at least short-term access to the global financial system in the event that they are hit by fresh U.S. sanctions, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

New York Times    March 14, 2019


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