Anonymous Source Tracker

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


Trump and the lawmakers he loves to talk to on the phone: 'He just ...
... vast majority, he just picks up,” said another GOP senator, who regularly calls Trump and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Washington Post    February 18, 2019


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


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