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Confidential Source

Administrative Law

Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1(i) (1995) (superseded)

“Confidential source” means any individual or organization that has provided, or that may reasonably be expected to provide, information to the United States on matters pertaining to the national security with the expectation that the information or relationship, or both, are to be held in confidence.

Executive Order 13,526, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1 (k) (December 29, 2009)

For purposes of this order:
(k)  "Confidential source" means any individual or organization that has provided, or that may reasonably be expected to provide, information to the United States on matters pertaining to the national security with the expectation that the information or relationship, or both, are to be held in confidence.