FBI says US Capitol rioter allegedly hoped to sell Pelosi
laptop to Russia

Washington – A young woman identified as having taken part
in the storming of the US Capitol reportedly stole a laptop from top Democrat
Nancy Pelosi’s office and hoped to sell it to a Russian spy agency, according
to an FBI criminal complaint.

The complaint, filed late on Sunday in a US District Court
in Washington, seeks the arrest of Riley June Williams of Pennsylvania on
grounds including “violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds”.

The Washington Post reported on Monday night that federal
authorities said they had arrested Williams, but the report included few

Relying on several photos and videos of the chaotic 6 January
intrusion, an FBI agent said Williams was seen near the office of House speaker
Nancy Pelosi.

A witness, identified in the court document only as W1, but
who claimed to be “the former romantic partner of Riley June Williams”,
alleged that Williams planned to send the laptop to a friend in Russia to sell
it to the SVR foreign intelligence agency.

That sale “fell through for unknown reasons, and
Williams still has the computer device or destroyed it”, the affidavit

It was unclear whether a laptop from Pelosi’s office was
actually stolen. The FBI said it was continuing to investigate.

Several videos show the woman believed to be Williams
actively directing fellow rioters, urging them “upstairs, upstairs,

The complaint says Williams’ mother in the city of
Harrisburg was shown pictures taken in the Capitol and confirmed a thin,
bespectacled brown-haired woman in several pictures was her.

She said her daughter had “taken a sudden interest in
President Trump’s politics”.

 – AFP

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