Woman accused of stealing Speaker Pelosi’s laptop, intending to sell it to Russia

by Peter Heck · Jan 19th, 2021 9:19 am

Last Updated Jan 19th, 2021 at 8:33 pm

The FBI is reportedly investigating whether or not Riley June Williams, a woman from Pennsylvania who was seen near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the January 6 Capitol Hill riots, stole Pelosi's laptop with the intent to sell it to Russia.

According to an affidavit associated with Williams's case, the suspected woman has fled the FBI.

"According to local law enforcement officers in Harrisburg, WILLIAMS' mother stated that WILLIAMS packed a bag and left her home and told her mother she would be gone for a couple of weeks," the affidavit reads. "WILLIAMS did not provide her mother any information about her intended destination."

At least one witness reportedly saw Williams take "a laptop computer or hard drive from Speaker Pelosi's office." The same witness – who is linked to Williams romantically – said that Williams had stated her intent to sell the device to SVR, Russia's foreign intelligence service, through a friend living there.

The witness believes that the attempted sale fell through but does not know if Williams is still in possession of the device. That is something the FBI continues to investigate.

Pelosi's office has not confirmed whether the speaker had a laptop or hard drive stolen the day of the riots.


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