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US offers millions in rewards for election interference information

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WASHINGTON -- The United States is offering rewards of up to $10 million for information on foreign government interference in the country's upcoming election, the State Department announced Wednesday.

Russia was accused of interfering in the last presidential election in 2016, with numerous reports, including by former special counsel Robert Mueller, indicating Moscow's objective was to aid the victory of President Donald Trump.

Separately, the State Department released a report alleging that Russia continues to utilize a complex ecosystem of online misinformation and propaganda to amplify false narratives.

"Russia typically looks to undermine democratic institutions and democratic norms and to spread fear and confusion," State Department special envoy Lea Gabrielle told reporters Wednesday. The report was not specific to the upcoming election in November.

Trump has often dismissed accusations of Russian election interference as a "hoax," indicating the focus on Moscow was an effort to undermine his presidency.

 

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