A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer alleged in September that the US government destroyed Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipelines, citing an unidentified source with “direct knowledge” of US Navy actions.
NPR reported on September 27 that both the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea have experienced “undersea leaks.”
According to a local seismologist, the leaks were produced by undersea bursts that were too intense to be generated by earthquakes or landslides.
Despite the fact that neither pipeline was in use, huge supplies of natural gas were lost as a result of the breach. According to NPR, the pipelines are both owned by Gazprom, a Russian government-controlled enterprise.
Danish government authorities suspected the disclosures were the product of collusion, and journalist Seymour Hersh appeared to corroborate this on Wednesday.
Hersh won the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work on numerous government conspiracy theories.
According to Hersh, who independently published the revelation on Substack, a team of US Navy divers buried remote-controlled explosive devices three months before the spill.
The squad allegedly utilized BALTOPS 22, a well publicized NATO training exercise, as cover to sneak up on the pipes.
In response to the journalist’s demands for comment, spokeswomen from both the White House and the CIA rejected Hersh’s allegations.
“With Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border and the bloodiest war in Europe since 1945 looming, President Joseph Biden saw the pipelines as a vehicle for Vladimir Putin to weaponize natural gas for his political and territorial ambitions,” Hersh said.
“Biden’s decision to sabotage the pipelines came after more than nine months of highly secret back and forth debate inside Washington’s national security community about how to best achieve that goal. For much of that time, the issue was not whether to do the mission, but how to get it done with no overt clue as to who was responsible.”
“Action that could be traced to the administration would violate US promises to minimize direct conflict with Russia. Secrecy was essential.”
According to Hersh’s source, if the strike was traced back to the United States, the political ramifications would be severe.
“It’s an act of war,” the source said.
According to Hersh’s article, the mission’s preparation began in December 2021, when Biden entrusted national security advisor Jake Sullivan with devising a reaction to a Russian invasion of Ukraine that had yet to occur.
Several agencies met under Sullivan’s leadership, and the CIA began to devise a strategy to damage the pipelines.
During a press briefing on February 7, 2022, Biden explicitly suggested the plot existed.
“If Russia invades … there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it,” the president said.
The team organizing the clandestine strike, according to Hersh’s source, was taken aback by Biden’s apparent lack of judgment.
“It was like putting an atomic bomb on the ground in Tokyo and telling the Japanese that we are going to detonate it,” the source said. “The plan was for the options to be executed post invasion and not advertised publicly. Biden simply didn’t get it or ignored it.”
Nonetheless, according to Hersh, the US carried out the plan with the assistance of the Norwegian navy, and on September 26, 2022, “the world learned that something irreversible had taken place.”