Mueller report highlights US election vulnerabilities

Trump supporters in New York recently. President Donald Trump's reluctance to acknowledge Russia's role in the election interference stems from his worry that it will be seen as questioning the legitimacy of his election.
Trump supporters in New York recently. President Donald Trump's reluctance to acknowledge Russia's role in the election interference stems from his worry that it will be seen as questioning the legitimacy of his election.PHOTO: REUTERS

Renewed calls to beef up security of electoral system; social media firms urged to stay alert

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report has exposed the vast vulnerabilities of America's political system to outside interference, say experts, who have urged politicians, campaign teams and voters to view the sweeping account of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a wake-up call.

"It is a story of failed immunity on the US side to outside interference - and aggressive Russian exploitation of the absence of democratic antibodies to fight off such manipulation," wrote Brookings Institution senior fellow in governance studies Benjamin Wittes on Lawfare, a widely read blog on national security issues.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2019, with the headline 'Mueller report highlights US election vulnerabilities'. Print Edition | Subscribe