Woman who allegedly tried to sell Pelosi’s laptop to Russians arrested

4 months ago

A Capitol rioter who allegedly stole a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to sell to Russia has been arrested.

The Justice Department reported that a woman was arrested Monday in the Central District of Pennsylvania and charged with multiple counts of protesting at the Capitol and stealing a laptop or hard drive from Pelosi. It is noted that Riley June Williams, 22, is charged with trespassing at the Capitol, as well as forcible entry and disorderly conduct. She has not been charged directly with the laptop theft because it is still under investigation.

Surveillance cameras recorded Williams’ movements at the Capitol. After the riot, an informant called the FBI tip line to say that Williams planned to send the computer device to a friend in Russia and that the friend wanted to sell it to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. The caller said the transfer failed, that Williams was either still keeping the device or had destroyed it.

Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff confirmed the laptop’s disappearance Jan. 8, but said it was “only used for presentations.”

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