The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is probing whether the woman who stole House Speaker Pelosi’s computer device tried to sell it to Russians. During the January 6 riots in the US Capitol, the woman entered Nancy Pelosi’s office and took a hard drive or a laptop from her office.
On Sunday, an FBI official disclosed the details in an affidavit that outline a criminal charge against Riley June Williams, who was accused of forcing her way into the US Congress and directing other people towards Pelosi’s office. Following the siege by the pro-Trump supporters, the theft of electronic devices has been a persistent concern for local and federal law enforcement.
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Besides, the acting US attorney, Michael Sherwin, state that some of the thefts from the January 6 events might have potentially jeopardized American national security. The FBI received a tip from an individual claiming to be Williams’s former boyfriend, the affidavit filed in the US District Court of Columbia stated.
The affidavit stated that Williams planned to sell the House Speaker’s stolen device to a friend in Russia, who then intended to sell it to the Russian intelligence service. According to the whistleblower, the transfer of the computer device fell through for some reason, but Williams still has the device or destroyed it. However, the FBI investigation continues.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations said that the woman had fled her residence in Pennsylvania that she shared with her mother, deactivated her social media accounts, and switched off her phone number. Reuters reported that neither Pelosi’s team member responded to the allegations by the FBI nor did Williams. But two days following the riots, House Speaker’s spokesperson stated that the laptop Pelosi used for official presentations was stolen. It remains clear whether the device Williams is accused of stealing is the one.
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