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If you'd like to share information more discreetly, you can send us tips, documents or data through SecureDrop, an open-source, encrypted system that masks the identity and source of a submission. Here's how to use it:

  • Take your laptop to a coffee shop or other location with a public WiFi network.
  • Download and install the Tor browser from Tor will conceal your IP address from the websites you visit and encrypt your communications.
  • Once you have connected to the Tor browser, copy and paste http://vseu3em5bsp7eecjmhqvqym6fa5gzknn7zhfl2os2iwn2ghv5sxwnayd.onion/
    into the address bar and follow the instructions.
  • You will be given a code name, which will allow you to begin communicating with McClatchy.
  • On our end, your message will be decrypted and read by a reporter.
  • It will be up to you whether or not to reveal your identity to a McClatchy reporter.

No system can be guaranteed 100 percent secure, of course, and there is always a chance that an outsider will learn who you are. However, McClatchy is committed to protecting the anonymity of sources who desire it and keeping the information they provide confidential until they give us permission to share it. You can find more information on SecureDrop here.

Finally, you can also send us tips the old-fashioned way, via postal mail. Our address is:

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