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How to submit a confidential tip to The Associated Press

The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, having covered every major news event of the past 170 years. We rely on readers and knowledgeable sources to help us keep the world informed.

Amid recent concerns surrounding information security, we’ve created new ways for the public to contact our journalists — safely and confidentially — and they're listed below.

You should consider using these services on an internet connection different than at your home or place of work.


Signal LogoSignal is a free app for your phone that works like text messaging programs you may be familiar with, but its servers never have access to your data or store it. You can configure the service to delete messages after a certain period of time. You may need to add our number, below, to your phone's address book first.

Download it in the Apple Store, on Google Play or for Google Chrome. Instructions can be found here.
Our number: +1 (202) 281-8604


WhatsApp LogoWhatsApp is another free app for your phone that works similarly to text messaging programs. Although the platform aims to be secure, it can still keep phone numbers of those you've communicated with and at what times messages were sent. Download it in the Apple Store or on Google Play. Instructions can be found here.
Our number: +1 (202) 281-8604

U.S. Mail

You may also contact us via postal mail if you're residing within the United States. You could consider mailing your package from an unfamiliar letter box and not including a return address.

Our mailing address is:
The Associated Press
c/o Ron Nixon, international investigations editor
1100 13th Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

PGP email

If you are unable to download Tor, or you are trying to reach us from a country that blocks the Tor network, you can instead send many AP journalists around the world encrypted messages via PGP. For a directory of AP reporters’ and editors’ PGP keys, go here. You may need to create a separate email account from the one you normally use, and install a client to use PGP on your computer.


The AP offers or suggests these services as way to provide you with greater anonymity and security than what's available through traditional electronic means. They are, however, provided on an “as is” basis, with no warranties or representations, and any use is at your own risk.

Regarding our SecureDrop server: When you visit and follow the instructions provided above, we will not record your IP address or information about your browser, computer or operating system. Nor will we embed third-party content or deliver persistent cookies to your browser. Our SecureDrop service is under our physical control, located in a segregated area within the AP’s global newsroom.

SecureDrop is designed to be accessed only through what's called a hidden service on the Tor system, which is set up to conceal both your online and physical location — and to offer encryption for your communications with the AP. You should also know SecureDrop doesn't provide perfect security. If your computer is compromised, any activities, including communications through SecureDrop, could be compromised.