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a Capitol rioter suspected of trying to sell computer equipment belonging to Nancy Pelosi to the Russians

A 22-year-old woman is suspected of having tried, unsuccessfully, to sell to Russian intelligence computer equipment belonging to the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, stolen during the attack on the Capitol on 6 January.

According to the indictment, Riley June Williams, originally from Pennsylvania, was among the rioters who broke into the Capitol. Images broadcast by the British channel ITV show the young woman urging the crowd to go to the floor of the building.

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Contact in Russia

The rest is told by an anonymous witness questioned by the American authorities. He claims to have seen other videos in which Riley Williams seizes computer equipment – the indictment does not specify whether it is a computer or a hard drive – in Nancy Pelosi’s office . The latter, who claims to be an ex-partner of the young woman, claims that Williams had planned to send the material to a contact in Russia for sale to Russian Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR). The operation would have ultimately failed, for unspecified reasons, and Riley Williams would therefore still be in possession of the material or would have destroyed it. An arrest warrant has been issued for the young woman, whose mother told an ITV reporter that she had left the family home.

The indictment has so far only held against Riley Williams the counts of break-in and disturbing the peace, but not theft. The Washington federal prosecutor’s office declined to give further details immediately.

Nearly 70 people have already been indicted following the events of January 6, according to the US Department of Justice. The authorities again proceeded on Sunday to a series of arrests in connection with these indictments. The charges range from breaking and entering to carrying a prohibited weapon, including disturbing public order and assaulting law enforcement officials.

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The World with AFP

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