Signal is a free app that provides end-to-end encrypted communication for text, photos, videos and calls. It’s a great way to open communication with a Seattle Times reporter, and is one of the most secure methods of keeping your messages confidential, since neither the contents nor the metadata is available to third parties. You can download Signal from iTunes or Google Play.
How to contact an investigative reporter on Signal:
Seattle City Hall
Government and politics
Climate change, environment and science
We welcome encrypted emails using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), software that generates a public and private key that you can use to encrypt and decrypt messages. Using our public key and a browser extension, such as Mailvelope, you can encrypt your email messages. Here are some guides to setting up PGP on Windows or Mac.
PGP is designed to prevent third parties from reading the contents of your e-mail, but it does not necessarily protect the metadata (who you’re talking to or when messages were sent). We recommend setting up a brand new anonymous e-mail account, and connecting through a wifi access point away from home and work.
You can contact us with encrypted email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our public key is available here.
If you'd like to reach a specific investigative reporter, here's how to contact them:
Mail delivered through the postal service can also help protect your identity, and is a great way of sending documents. We recommend that you put the letter or package in a public mailbox instead of going to a post office facility. We also recommend you do not include a return address on the front of the package.