How whistleblowers can contact KUOW
SecureDrop is a secure portal for you to share messages and materials with KUOW journalists.
Insiders often have access to documents and information that can benefit the public, but revealing that information could cost them their jobs. As powerful institutions become more secretive, democracy depends more on whistleblowers to hold the powerful accountable. If you have information on an abuse of power affecting people in Washington state, KUOW wants to hear from you, and we have several secure ways you can do so.
No method is 100 percent safe from prying eyes, but these methods protect your anonymity much better than conventional email or phones do. In this age of ubiquitous surveillance, you should assume that your employer is keeping tabs on you: Never use a work device, network or location to reach us anonymously.
SecureDrop is a secure portal for you to share messages and materials with KUOW journalists. SecureDrop requires you use the Tor browser, which is designed to encrypt your communications and obscure your computer’s identity.
Installing Tor on your computer may be traceable, however, so for even more deniability, you might consider running your computer off a separate operating system called Tails, which uses the Tor browser as well.
SecureDrop’s guide for sources goes into more detail on how to use Tor and Tails. Before you download these files, consider using public WiFi in a location new to you, and make sure your screen is not visible to security cameras.
Once you have selected the best method for you and are running Tor, KUOW’s SecureDrop address is http://hcxmf67v3ltykmww.onion
SecureDrop will provide you with a long codename for your log in. Keep the codename you are provided safe and secure (memorization is the highest security). KUOW will not know your codename — or your real name, unless you choose to tell us. If you do tell us who you are, we can protect your identity or discuss with you how you would like to be identified, if at all.
Once your submissions have reached KUOW, we store them in an encrypted form on a computer that is isolated from the rest of KUOW’s computer network. A KUOW journalist will periodically check the portal and reply to you in due time.
Other ways to communicate with KUOW Public Radio
Snail mail is also a secure way to reach us confidentially: KUOW, 4518 University Way NE #310, Seattle, WA 98105. Don’t put your return address on the outside and don’t mail from your work. You can mail us paper documents or digital files on, say, a thumb drive.
Many of our reporters use encrypted messaging apps to communicate with sensitive sources. Again, never do so from a work device, account or location if anonymity is a concern.
For press releases or non-sensitive news tips or pitches, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
And in case you’re wondering, we’ve posted this on Medium because, unlike kuow.org, Medium is accessed via secure HTTPS, which should protect you from people “listening” to the network you may be using.