The Project

WildLeaks is the world’s first whistleblower initiative dedicated to Wildlife and Forest Crime.

WildLeaks is a not-for-profit collaborative project created, funded and managed by the Elephant Action League (EAL). In assessing the information received by WildLeaks, EAL is often helped and supported by a network of experts that includes the directors of environmental NGOs, environmental lawyers, legal and criminal justice experts, journalists, security and technology professionals, and former law enforcement officers. 

WildLeaks also enjoys the collaboration of several partners around the world, including environmental organizations, media and other experienced professionals. The project is always open to new partnership opportunities. We invite organizations and individuals involved in fighting wildlife crime, and the media, to contact us if they wish to be partner with WildLeaks.

The Mission of WildLeaks is to receive and evaluate anonymous information and tips regarding wildlife and forest crimes and transform them into concrete actions.

Possible actions include

a) Begin or continue an investigation with our teams and/or in collaboration with trusted partners

b) Share the information with other NGOs and/or trusted contacts within selected law enforcement agencies

c) Share the information with media partners

Our first priority is to facilitate the identification, arrest, and prosecution of criminals, traffickers, businessmen, and corrupt governmental officials behind the poaching of endangered species and the trafficking of wildlife and forest products such as ivory, rhino horn, big cats, apes, pangolins, birds and illegal timber.

Experts on wildlife trafficking, investigative reporters and former law enforcement officers evaluate documents and tips provided to WildLeaks. Each submission is evaluated and validated in a very scrupulous way. In order to assess the information and decide what to do, WildLeaks uses intelligence methodologies, a vast network of contacts, and the latest technologies. 

Unlike other leaks-based websites, such as WikiLeaks, WildLeaks does NOT dump unfiltered data and information onto the web and does NOT pander for media headlines. We instead use the information received to facilitate action in the field by both NGOs and governmental agencies.

Specifically, we review, evaluate, and filter all information received through Wildleaks before releasing any of the data to outside parties. In many instances, the leaks provide us with enough information to begin a field investigation, in which case the data may not be released to the public at all until the investigation is complete. Instead, the information is only shared with applicable law enforcement agencies and other NGOs for immediate action on the ground. Unlike other ‘leaks’ organizations, at WildLeaks, we view non-corrupt, assertive law enforcement agencies as our partners, not our enemies, and work with these agencies to bring wildlife and forest criminals to justice.

We put a significant amount of effort into protecting the people who choose to send us information, not only by providing a state-of-the-art secure system, but also by managing and using that information in the correct way.

WildLeaks has implemented a very secure online platform in order to allow the sources to stay anonymous and to submit ‘sensitive’ information in the most secure way possible, always encrypted, in respect to data transmission and management.

We strongly recommend that you read our data management and editorial policies before submitting any information.

 

“Wildlife crimes very often go undetected and unchallenged when people do not speak up about them, and whistleblowers can play a crucial role in fighting back, creating awareness and doing justice”. Andrea Crosta, Founder of WildLeaks and Elephant Action League


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