Capitol protester accused of trying to give Pelosi laptop to Russian intelligence

January 19, 2021

The FBI is investigating whether one of the Capitol protesters stole a laptop or computer hard drive from the office of House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and tried to pass it to Russian intelligence.

According to court papers, the case against Pennsylvania woman Riley June Williams was outlined in an affidavit filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia by an unnamed FBI agent.

As well as being accused of breaching the Capitol building and directing people to Ms Pelosi's office, the affidavit says the Bureau received a tip from someone claiming to be a former romantic partner of Ms Williams saying she "intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia's foreign intelligence service".

Biden Inauguration: Watch and follow events on Sky News from 1pm on Wednesday, with the ceremony starting at 4pm

The affidavit stated that according to the tip off, "the transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through for unknown reasons and Williams still has the computer device or destroyed it".

The theft of electronic devices during the 6 January invasion of the Capitol has been a persistent worry for US security services with Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin saying some of the thefts might have potentially jeopardised what he described as "national security equities".

Two days after the Capitol siege a spokesman for Ms Pelosi, Drew Hammill, confirmed that a laptop used for presentations had been stolen from a conference room in the Speaker's office.

According to the FBI, it appears Williams has fled an address near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that she shared with her mother, deactivated her phone number, and taken down social media accounts.

Rate this item
(0 votes)

HOW TO LISTEN

105.3FM

Online

Mobile Apps

Smart Speaker

Latest Tweets

Seaside FM Breakfast is on @seaside1053 with @alexbcann and we’re commercial free until 9.20 thanks to @KCOMhome -… https://t.co/igbOGR0sxP
TIDEWATCH with @WaterSafeWith @seaside1053 https://t.co/lP7IWa8dJF
RT @alexbcann: Congratulations, Bobbi! Look forward to reading the winning short story and hearing it on @seaside1053 this weekend too 😊
Follow Seaside FM 105.3 #HandsFaceSpace on Twitter