Help Firedoglake cover costs to set up the SecureDrop whistleblower submission systemIn an age of mass surveillance and assaults on press freedom, Firedoglake has a responsibility to protect our journalists’ communications with their sources.

That’s why — with the help of our friends at the Freedom of the Press Foundation — we’re implementing the open-source SecureDrop whistleblower submission system for our writers. But we need your support to get set up.

Can you please contribute $10 or more to cover our costs to set up SecureDrop for our journalists?

Sources need to feel safe when disclosing sensitive information to journalists. Glenn Greenwald said he nearly missed the NSA surveillance story because he didn’t have the tools to properly encrypt his communications with Edward Snowden.

Our own experiences speak to why sources require this kind of support. Firedoglake has vigorously covered the government’s war on dissenters. We know the state will come down hard on anyone who exposes waste, fraud or abuse, labelling them traitors and seeking to lock them away in prison for life.

Hacker / activist Aaron Swartz was keenly aware of this risk, especially after becoming the target of overzealous government prosecution himself. Before his tragic death, Aaron helped author an important open-source tool to shield journalists’ correspondence with their sources.

Now known as SecureDrop, this technology encrypts communications with journalists and helps sources maintain anonymity. It has been implemented at news organization across the world, from the Guardian to the New York Times.

Help Firedoglake protect our sources. Donate $10 or more today to cover our expenses to set up the SecureDrop submission system.

Thank you for your continued support of Firedoglake’s writers and the invaluable independent reporting they produce.

Brian Nam-Sonenstein

Brian Nam-Sonenstein

Publishing Editor at Shadowproof and columnist at Prison Protest.