Six years after the launch of the WildLeaks Project
, the world’s first whistleblower initiative dedicated to environmental and wildlife crime, Earth League International (ELI)
has released its first report on this ground-breaking platform.
Created by ELI, in collaboration with The Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Rights
, WildLeaks is a safe online space where anyone can share crucial information about environmental and wildlife crime securely, anonymously, and with very limited personal risk. Using a secure Tor-based online submission and data management system, WildLeaks draws on sources that would usually go untapped, including those operating within the criminal networks facilitating environmental crime.
Since its inception, WildLeaks has received information about environmental and wildlife crime from over 30 countries, including China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Lebanon, India, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Finland and Russia.
In a by-line included in the report, Anna Myers, Executive Directive of WIN, observes the quality of WildLeaks’ work: “Taking a considered, professional, approach that respects the people involved. It raises the quality of the investigation itself and the likelihood of bringing perpetrators to justice, and importantly, it instils confidence in people who can then see that if they speak up, they can have a real impact.”
This in-depth report provides an inside view of WildLeaks and demonstrates the potential for whistleblowers to play a critical role in fighting back against environmental crime.
Read the full ELI press release here
. Download the WildLeaks report here