Russia Looking for Answers After Report Says Biden Blew Up Nord Stream

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported that President Biden ordered the operation

Russia is looking for answers from Washington after a report from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh said the US blew up the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines that connect Russia and Germany.

“The White House must now comment on all these facts,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram in response to the report. For their part, the White House has denied the reporting, calling Hersh’s work “complete fiction.”

Hersh cited one source “with direct knowledge of the operational planning” who said US Navy divers planted C4 explosives on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines last June during widely publicized NATO drills in the Baltic Sea, known as BALTOPS 22.

The source told Hersh that the operation was coordinated with Norway. The explosives were detonated by a sonar buoy that was dropped by a Norwegian spy plane on September 26, 2022.

The most explosive allegation in the report is the fact that the Biden administration began planning how to destroy the pipeline before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. In early 2022, the source said that a CIA working group that was coming up with ways to sabotage Nord Stream said they “have a way to blow up the pipeline.”

Shortly after the plans were devised, President Biden publicly threatened the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a project the US tried to stop for years through sanctions. “If Russia invades . . . there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it,” President Biden said on February 7, 2022.

A few weeks earlier, Victoria Nuland, undersecretary of state for political affairs, made a similar threat. Hersh’s source said Nuland and Biden’s comments were like “putting an atomic bomb on the ground in Tokyo and telling the Japanese that we are going to detonate it.”

In the wake of the Nord Stream bombings, Western media, and some Western officials blamed the attack on Russia even though the pipelines are mainly owned by Gazprom, Russia’s state natural gas company. But recently, it’s been acknowledged by major American newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, that there’s no evidence pointing to Moscow’s involvement.

The Times of London reported last week that Germany is “open” to theories that a Western country attacked the Nord Stream pipelines in an attempt to blame the incident on Russia. Sweden, Denmark, and Germany have been investigating the sabotage but have shared very few details and have not said publicly who they think was responsible.

US officials have openly celebrated the Nord Stream bombings, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who called it a “tremendous opportunity” to wean Europe off Russian gas. Nuland recently said she and others in the administration were happy that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was just a “hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea.”

Hersh’s report said Blinken, Nuland, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan were major players in the plot to destroy the pipeline. While the White House and the CIA deny the report, and critics are pointing out it only has one source, Hersh is a widely revered journalist. The 85-year-old exposed the 1968 My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and broke the story about the torture of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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