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11 December 2013

Source of Snowden's Documents Listed on Cryptome

DocumentCloud may be the least appreciated disclosure site on the Internet.

While some Snowden documents are taken from news reports, most of the documents are hosted on DocumentCloud, a cloud service for "accredited" journalists and others to archive documents related to stories.

DocumentCloud is a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing and publishing them on the web. Documents are contributed by journalists, researchers and archivists. We're helping reporters get more out of documents and helping newsrooms make their online presence more engaging.

DocumentCloud was founded in 2009 with a grant from the Knight News Challenge. After two years as an independent nonprofit organization, DocumentCloud became a project of Investigative Reporters and Editors in June of 2011.

If you’re interested in using DocumentCloud, just ask. Okay, so it isn't quite that simple:

DocumentCloud accounts are all newsroom based. DocumentCloud is available to anyone who reports on primary source documents. For the most part our users are journalists, but if you are doing document based investigative reporting we'd love to have you join us, even if you aren't a newsroom-based journalist in the conventional sense. If you're not in a traditional newsroom, please do show us some of your reporting and tell us a little bit about the kind of documents you're working with.

But before use, carefully read its privacy policy and reference to Google and Amazon, for dissimulation about characteristicly weak security for journalistic enterprises (no use of HTTPS; Christopher Soghoian @csoghoian tweets today: "Reading between the lines, it doesn't look like the New York Times has a chief security officer."):

Currently it is showing 457,058 documents, searchable:

The principle Snowden sources which use DocCloud (not all do, and few foreign outlets) and URLs to access to their offerings:

The Guardian

Washington Post

New York Times



Huffington Post:

Le Monde:

This is not meant to be comprehensive. Many other documents hosted by dozens of outlets are highly informative and generously shared for public access, although the site does not appear to be widely known outside journalism.

For Cryptome library, the documents are fundamental to understanding the stories and going beyond them.

It should be noted that Cryptome has missed some of the Snowden documents, so any found not listed by us, please send. cryptome[at]

Our current tally of documents and document outlets not using DocumentCloud:

Other tallies at EFF and ACLU, their URLs in file above.