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Do you have a confidential news tip? The next big story? An exciting idea or thought? Want to share it with Arete News?

We offer several ways to get in touch with and provide materials to us. No communication system is completely secure, but these tools can help protect your anonymity:

  • You can email us at, which uses ProtonMail, developed by scientists, engineers, and developers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, in Geneva. Messages are stored on ProtonMail servers in encrypted format and transmitted in encrypted format between the servers and user devices. Data is protected by the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance (DPO), outside of U.S. and E.U. jurisdiction. To contact Arete News securely using ProtonMail, you can sign up here for a free basic account.
  • You can also send us mail at either of our addresses in Arlington, VA, or in Geneva, Switzerland, delivered through the postal service, another secure means of communication. We recommend that you use a public mailbox, not a post office.
  • You can also reach us on Signal, the free and open source messaging app that offers end-to-end encryption to send messages, photos, video and calls. Signal retains only your phone number, when you first registered with the service and when you were last active. No metadata surrounding communications is retained. The app also allows messages to self-destruct, removing them from the recipient’s and sender’s phones (once it’s been seen) after a set amount of time.