How Leaks.ng Is Helping Nigerians Reveal the Truth and WhistleBlow Crimes

Leaks.ng is a digital project that allows you to share confidential information of public interest with the Nigerian media. The system was designed to help the public share these materials while protecting their identity, thus making it difficult to  be identified as the source of the information.


The Platform is run by a coalition of Nigerian news organisations and civil society organisations that are committed to speaking truth to power. These anonymously shared information is also received by all partner organizations. These organisations include the Daily Trust, ICIR, Order Paper, Premium Times, PTCIJ, Sahara Reporters, and TheCable 

The Leaks.ng project is powered by GlobaLeaks.Org and enables you to send files and select which partner organizations you would like to share the information with. This site provides details on how users can submit information anonymously and what they can do to secure themselve in the process, clear traces and tracks.

How Does Leaks.ng Work?

If an individual has information about issues which should be investigated, such information can be shared with professional journalists through this site. That concrete information and evidence, such as source files, gives a journalist more to work with and increases the likelihood that your issue gets taken up.


As a tool, Leaks.ng has a goal that allows people to send information of public interest to media outlets and civil society organizations through secure technologies that protect the identity of the source. Using transparency and civil participation, it aims to build a fairer and more democratic society. Leaks.ng also amplifies your voice as the information received through Leaks.ng will be verified, analyzed and published by the partners of alliance, made up of civil organizations and media outlets. The main goal is that the impact of the information revealed is amplified, on a social and legal level.

Concerning Security, it is considered an integral part of the project. Leaks.ng uses advanced digital security technologies designed exclusively for whistleblowing. Whistleblowers are advised to follow all instructions on this site closely so that the identity of the whistleblower is protected. This is an essential factor in whistleblowing and in this case, he whistleblower has o secure himself. If done correctly, even the site administrators will not know the origin of the information.
Anonymity

The identity of our sources is protected with technological solutions: in Nigeria, the Constitution recognizes freedom of expression, of information and the right to secrecy on behalf of journalists. All media outlets have the obligation and the right to protect the identity of their sources, even in a legal procedure.

Leaks.ng uses state of the art security software to anonymize your internet connection as you submit files or correspond with reporters. This way your identity is protected both from the reporters who receive the files and from others who might be monitoring or intercepting your communications.

Sharing confidential information is never without risk so, Leaks.ng helps in its best way to protect your communication and to provide information about the risks. The system makes finding the source of a leak difficult. This is also because the receivers are journalists that have been trained in the use of state-of-the-art security tools and procedures. However, while trying to mitigate the risks as much as possible, the whistleblower and journalists are responsible for their own actions.


Leaks.ng receivers meet several criteria: excellence in investigative journalism, integrity in content and investigative processes, geographic relevance. Members of the coalition were initially approached with these principles in mind. Others that intend to join the coalition will be vetted by partners in the coalition.
 

Users are advised to "Secure Yourself". This is because Sharing confidential information is not free of risk. There are are security risks to be aware of before, during and after the submission of sensitive information. These risks threaten anonymity. To ensure user security, precautionary measures are advised.

Before and after you share information, ask yourself some questions before you share information.
    1. Are you the only person with access to this information?
    2. Can this information be linked back to you?
   3. How will you respond to questions, even if people don't know you're the source of the information?
    4. Can you handle the pressure that comes with an internal or external investigation?

Tips and tricks

Things you can do – or should avoid – in order to protect yourself before and after you share information.

    Tell absolutely no one that you will share information or have already done so.
    After your information has hit the media, be careful when sharing your opinion on the matter.
    Make sure that there are no monitoring or surveillance systems in place when you submit the information (such as security cameras for example).
    Do not use search engines or news websites to look for the information that you have shared. This could arouse suspicion about your involvement.

While you share information

When you use a computer, mobile phone or the internet, or any means of communication, your actions will leave traces. These traces contain information about your identity, your devices, your location, the websites you visit, copies of all files you share, of messages you exchange, and so forth.
Tips and tricks

Take technical precautions that minimize the traces you leave and the risks you run.

    Do not use a work computer. Consider going to an internet cafe instead.
    Use the Tor Browser for surfing the web anonymously. This is easy to use software.
    Do not keep a copy of the information you've shared. Possession of the information may implicate you.
    Destroy all copies and make sure you don't leave digital traces. Delete all files from USB disks, then fill these disks with music, movies or photos. Wipe you disk(s) and overwrite them multiple times, using security software when possible.
    BleachBit helps you to thoroughly clean up your computer and get rid of cookies, logs, and so forth.

By following the procedures listed above and taking into consideration the social risk factors, you will greatly increase your chances of remaining anonymous. This does not mean that your anonymity will be 100% protected and ensured. The website Security in-a-Box can teach you much more about digital security best practices.

The Whistleblower Policy is not a Law of the National Assembly but it was approved by the Federal Executive Council in December 2016. The policy authorises government to recover stolen or concealed assets through information provided by a whistleblower, then he/she may be entitled to between 2.5% - 5.0% of amount recovered.

The policy does not provide ANY immunity from civil or criminal prosecution. This implies that if during the investigation some of the evidence links a whistleblower to partaking in the act of corruption or a related incident, the whistleblower would not be immune from criminal prosecution. He/she could technically be charged for a crime that they helped blow the whistle on. 

The Nigerian Senate has however passed the ‘Whistleblower protection bill’ after its third reading at plenary. The aim of the bill is to ensure the protection of whistleblowers with reliable information on the war against corruption.


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