Latest Anonymity Stories

2008-08-28 06:00:36

By Richard Bernstein Anonymous sources are of course among the newspaper reporter's best friends, without whom the cause of informing the public would be severely set back. But anonymity is also a tremendous aid to the resentful, the scandalous and the cowardly, and the signs are that the tidal of wave of anonymous comment made possible by the Internet is getting even bigger. Or that, at any rate, is the impression that some recent reporting on the rising vogue of college gossip Web...

2008-06-25 09:02:31

By DEBORAH ORR David Blundell, the chief crown prosecutor for the West Midlands, spoke rather too soon: "The special measures used in this case set a precedent. The level of anonymity used and the lengths gone to maintain it were more stringent than anything used in this country. They have set a benchmark that will subsequently be applied to future trials where gang activity, terrorism and organised crime play a role." His comments were made in 2005, in the wake of the prosecution of four...

2006-04-06 10:15:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has decided not to run for a seat on the new U.N. Human Rights Council, U.S. officials said on Thursday. "It's a question more of tactics than principle. The principle is we want to support an effective human rights council. That doesn't mean we have to run for a seat on it," one senior U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement is expected later in the day,

Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).