The United States has offered a $10 million reward aimed at preventing foreign interference in the November election.
Naija News reports that the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo disclosed this on Wednesday at a time the State Department accused Russia of waging an increasingly sophisticated disinformation campaign.
According to reports, the reward for the Russian Election Interference, marks one of the most public signs that members of President Donald Trump’s administration are taking election meddling seriously, despite anger by Trump himself over findings that Russia has assisted him.
The US Secretary of State pointed to efforts by “Russia and other malign actors” as he announced the effort to stop election interference.
Pompeo told reporters that the United States “is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, interferes with U.S. elections by engaging in certain criminal cyber activities.”
This is coming after the U.S. intelligence concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to support Trump, especially through manipulation of social media, although it did not find that his campaign colluded with Moscow.
Meanwhile, President Trump has been outraged by the “Russia hoax” and in February removed the director of national intelligence over a briefing to lawmakers that found that Russia appeared to want Trump to win a new term on Nov. 3.