The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists encourages whistleblowers to securely submit all forms of content that might be of public concern - documents, photos, video clips as well as story tips. We accept all information that relates to potential wrongdoing by corporate, government or public service entities in any country, anywhere in the world. We do our utmost to guarantee the confidentiality of our sources.
Our motives are squarely aimed at uncovering important government and corporate activities that might otherwise go unreported, from corruption involving public officials to systemic failure to protect the rights of individuals. Journalists from the relevant countries will evaluate and pursue all leads and content submitted and, if merited, report on these issues.
There are a number of basic safety measures you can take to protect yourself when providing sensitive or confidential information. For instance, details of phone calls made from a large building are often recorded on the building's electronic systems; details of mobile phone calls are routinely collected by providers and government authorities; and details of network access and internet use can be recorded and stored at a number of junctions along the way. It is safer to use a public phone when contacting a reporter, just as it is safer to use an internet cafe when sending files.
ICIJ’s SecureDrop server has moved. Please see the instructions below for the new onion URL. For verification, please see messages on ICIJ’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, and on ICIJ’s website at icij.org/leak
SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system supported by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Contacting us through our encrypted SecureDrop server is a way to share documents and messages with ICIJ that allows you to protect your identity, even from us.
When you use our SecureDrop service, we will not collect any identifying information from you (like your IP address, location, or browser details). All information you provide will be stored encrypted, and will only be decrypted on an air-gapped machine that never connects to any networks.
There are a number of precautions you can and should take to protect yourself before using our SecureDrop system.
ICIJ takes source protection very seriously. When you use our SecureDrop service, we will not collect any identifying information from you (like your IP address, location, or browser details), nor will we deliver persistent cookies to your browser or embed any third-party services on our SecureDrop pages. All information you provide will be stored encrypted, and will only be decrypted on an air-gapped machine that never connects to any networks.
Please note: if you use our public PGP key to contact us via email, only the contents of your message will be encrypted – the subject line, name of the sender and other header information will be unencrypted.
ICIJ uses PGP encryption:
PGP Key: http://pgp.mit.edu/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xB532F18C2A17696B
MIT Public Key Server (fingerprint:
986A 572D 3B95 BD42 331E 839A B532 F18C 2A17 696B); our email address is email@example.com.
A free, open-source, end-to-end encrypted messaging app, Signal enables you to send text messages, multimedia and some small files to us.
Signal does not retain any metadata and can also be configured to make messages disappear from all devices after the timer has elapsed.
ICIJ’s Signal phone number +1-202-820-0036
WhatsApp enforces end-to-end encryption by default on messages, using technology developed in collaboration with Open Whisper Systems.
According to WhatsApp, only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. Messages are not stored on WhatsApp’s servers.
ICIJ’s Whatsapp phone number +1-202-820-0036
ICIJ can be also found on Wire, a free, open-source app that offers end-to-end encrypted chats, calls and files, protected by European privacy laws. Wire can be used on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux.
ICIJ’s Wire username ICIJ
Another free, open-source, end-to-end encrypted messaging app, which can be used to communicate directly with ICIJ reporters.
Telegram has no media and chat size limits and, like Signal, can also be configured to make messages disappear after a specified time period.
ICIJ’s Telegram phone number +1-202-820-0036
ICIJ is also on Keybase, a free, open-source security app for mobile phones and desktop computers. Powered by public-key cryptography, it uses publicly auditable proofs of identity.
Keybase can store up to 10GB of files for free. And files in your private folder will be encrypted end-to-end, so even Keybase’s servers won’t be able to read them.
ICIJ’s Keybase username ICIJ
Ultimately, we feel that no electronic form of communication is entirely secure - sometimes the safest ways are the old-fashioned ways. You can post printed documents, or electronic files on a portable storage device (a thumb drive, hard drive, memory card, DVD, CD, etc.) directly to ICIJ at the below address.
Ultimately, no electronic form of communication is entirely secure – sometimes the safest ways are the old-fashioned ways. You can post printed documents, or electronic files on a portable storage device (a thumb drive, hard drive, memory card, DVD, CD, etc.) directly to ICIJ at the below address:
1710 Rhode Island Ave NW,
Washington DC 20036 USA