Using the AP's SecureDrop service

You’ll need to download free software to connect to our SecureDrop service. It’s easy to use, and works like a web browser that you’re familiar with, like Firefox or Chrome.

Here’s how to get started:


1. Visit TorProject.org, and follow the directions to download Tor.

2. Launch the Tor application, which will start the Tor Browser.

3. Inside the Tor Browser, copy and paste the following URL into the address bar: http://3expgpdnrrzezf7r.onion/


From there, you can complete the instructions for how to send us files and messages. To protect your identity, you’ll receive a randomly generated code name. You’ll want to remember it in case you want to come back — using the code name provided — and see if we’ve sent a response to you. We do this so you don’t have to provide your name.

For greater security, you may want to use a public WiFi network, rather than your home or office internet connection. Using a USB drive, you can also temporarily boot your computer into the TAILS secure operating system, which includes the Tor Browser; more information is available on the TAILS website.

U.S. Mail

You may also contact us via postal mail if you're residing within the United States. You should consider mailing your package from an unfamiliar letter box and not including a return address.

Our mailing address is:
The Associated Press
1100 13th Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

PGP

If you are unable to download Tor, or you are trying to reach us from a country that blocks the Tor network, you can instead send many AP journalists around the world encrypted messages via PGP. For a directory of AP reporters’ and editors’ PGP keys, go here. You may need to create a separate email account from the one you normally use, and install a client to use PGP on your computer.

Terms

The AP's SecureDrop server is intended to provide you with greater anonymity and security than what's available through e-mail or traditional electronic means.

When you visit our SecureDrop server and follow the instructions provided above, we will not record your IP address or information about your browser, computer or operating system. Nor will we embed third-party content or deliver persistent cookies to your browser.

Our SecureDrop service is under our physical control, located in a segregated area within the AP’s global newsroom.

SecureDrop is designed to be accessed only through what's called a hidden service on the Tor system, which is set up to conceal both your online and physical location — and to offer encryption for your communications with the AP.

You should also know SecureDrop doesn't provide perfect security. If your computer is compromised, any activities, including communications through SecureDrop, could be compromised.

Finally, the system is provided on an “as is” basis, with no warranties or representations, and any use of it is at your own risk.

The SecureDrop software we use is a project of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.