The United States government Wednesday offered a $10 million (N3.8 billion) reward for any information on foreign intrusion in its elections.
President Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo announced the juicy offer in a statement, adding that it’s targets are foreign government agents seeking to compromise the integrity of the country’s federal, state or local government elections through cyber attacks.
The latest move is seen as an indication of the administration’s desperation to play down the allegation that Russia played a major part in the election of 2016 that ushered in the Trump administration. Trump himself has denied this several times, insisting that he won the election based on his popularity and the superiority of the ideas he pitched to the electorate.
In 2019, a costly and lengthy investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the election was spearheaded by Special Counsel, Robert Muller. Although the probe could not establish that Trump campaign criminally conspired with Russia to influence the election, it, however, cited 10 instances where Trump attempted to impede the investigation. Trump shredded the idea of the probe, describing it as a fake dossier paid for by the opposition Democratic Party.
Earlier last month, the Democratic Party’s flagbearer for the November 3 election, Joe Biden said he received security reports which indicate that the Russians are again honing their strategy to interfere, vowing a swift retaliation against any nation that dares to meddle and subvert the American democratic process.