Guardian Installed SecureDrop Outside The UK, Due To Legal Threats

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As part of the whole Reset the Net effort yesterday, the Guardian announced that it is now using SecureDrop to allow whistleblowers and sources to send them information in a protected manner. As you may recall, SecureDrop (nee DeadDrop) was Aaron Swartz's last project (built with Kevin Poulsen), which the good folks at the Freedom of the Press Foundation took over last fall. It's great to see The Guardian adopt SecureDrop, but what caught my eye was this tidbit:
The Guardian’s SecureDrop system is installed outside of the UK. Last year, the UK government was criticized by international press freedom organisations for applying pressure to the Guardian over its publication of the NSA documents leaked by Snowden, leading to the news organization relocating its reporting on the files to the USA, and destroying all copies of the documents stored in its UK headquarters.
In other words, the Guardian, a UK newspaper, is admitting that it simply doesn't feel safe locating its SecureDrop implementation inside the UK. For people who believe in press freedom in the UK, this is a pretty scary statement -- just the latest in the past few years that have really called into question the UK's support for a free and open press.

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    Nicholas Weaver (profile), 6 Jun 2014 @ 5:22am

    Securedrop is pointless theater...

    SecureDrop is pointless security theater: any source capable of actually using securedrop without a Harvard OPSEC Fail doesn't need to use SecureDrop.

    Rather, if the Guardian was actually serious about doing something meaningful, they would run their own mail servers and put them in their US office under their laywer's desk.

    Because, since it is outsourced to gmail, they admit they can't trust their email at all to be private, but do potential sources know that?

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