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The Nation Enables Whistleblowers, Embraces Encryption, With Confidential Tips Page

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Long a home for adversarial accountability journalism in its 150-plus-years of publication, The Nation is doubling down in the era of Trump. We've launched a confidential tips resource to further our mission of speaking truth to power. 

New technologies now make it possible to leak information more securely and we are adopting encrypted tools -- including WhatsApp, Signal, and PGP -- in order for whistleblowers to reach us.

"Leakers can trust The Nation to do right by its sources," says features editor Sarah Leonard. "Secure communications are a priority in our newsroom and introducing encrypted ways of reaching the magazine reflects that commitment. We don't pull punches on controversial topics; we're committed to giving space and time to important issues that redefine our world as it is -- and as it could be."

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The tips page and respective encryption tools provide sources with multiple avenues of access to share information. Tips are received by a designated editorial team. Later this year, we'll be joining the elite few dozen organizations accredited by the Freedom of the Press foundation on Secure Drop -- the open-source whistleblower submission system.

The Nation has a long and proud history of publishing whistleblowers and defending and securing the First Amendment. Recent examples with definitive impact include Sarah Posner's revelatory story of a leaked religious freedom order from the Trump administration; Lauren Windsor's exclusive documents and audio from the Koch brothers' uber-secretive annual meetings; and a recording of a stop-and-frisk in action.

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Our scoops have lead to congressional hearings, forced policy change, been cited in court decisions, and shaped news cycles. We were also an early plaintiff in the ACLU's lawsuit against the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice over massive, dragnet surveillance of American citizens -- made public in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations.

Together, we can confront and expose power in these trying political times. Just tip us off.

ABOUT THE NATION

Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation has chronicled the breadth and depth of American political and cultural life from the debut of the telegraph to the rise of Twitter, serving as a critical, independent voice in American journalism and a platform for investigative reporting and spirited debate on issues of import to the progressive community. Through changing times and fashions, The Nation and TheNation.com offer consistently informed and inspired reporting and analysis of breaking news, politics, social issues and the arts-never faltering in our editorial commitment to what Nation Publisher Emeritus Victor Navasky has called "a dissenting, independent, trouble-making, idea-launching journal of critical opinion."

 

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