Wired on the steps now required for whistleblowers to leak evidence of wrongdoing to journalists, in an age of ubiquitous surveillance:
“Get a dedicated computer or tablet: the cheapest Windows laptop will do. And pay cash, as our normal laptops have a host of automatic synchronization and similar services. Our personal web browsers also contain all sorts of location-identifying cookies. Even if youâ€™re logged in to but donâ€™t actually visit Facebookâ€™s home page, a subpoena to Facebook can still reveal where you connect and what pages you visit â€” every â€œLikeâ€ button reports to Facebook that you are visiting that particular page, at a particular time, from a particular IP address.
Leave your cellphone, your normal computer, and your metro card (like SmarTrip) at home: anything that speaks over a wireless link must stay behind. Then go to a coffee shop that has open Wi-Fi, and once there open a new Gmail account that you will only use to contact the press and only from the dedicated computer. When registering, use no personal information that can identify you or your new account: no phone numbers, no names.
Donâ€™t forget: if you get anything at the cafe, or take public transit, pay cash. Be prepared to walk a bit, too; you canâ€™t stay close to home for this.
Of course, the job still isnâ€™t finished. When you are done you must clear the browserâ€™s cookies and turn off the Wi-Fi before turning off the computer and removing the battery. The dedicated computer should never be used on the network except when checking your press-contact account and only from open Wi-Fi connections away from home and work.”
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