Al Qaeda Anonymouse
January 16, 2015 at 9:42 am
The Times has a news article about the FBI director's objection to the Times' granting of anonymity to a source the newspaper described as a member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula:
"Your decision to grant anonymity to a spokesperson for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula so he could clarify the role of his group in assassinating innocents, including a wounded police officer, and distinguish it from the assassination of other innocents in Paris in the name of another group of terrorists, is both mystifying and disgusting," Mr. Comey said in a letter to The Times.
He added: "I fear you have lost your way and urge you to reconsider allowing your newspaper to be used by those who have murdered so many and work every day to murder more."
The article did not say why The Times did not name the individual, who communicates with news organizations through a mobile messaging application.
A Twitter account, NYT Anonymous, or @NYTAnon, has been set up to automatically flag Times articles that use anonymous sources. This is technological progress; the next step is an application that would allow readers to filter those articles out.
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