Vivid News 24: A US investigative journalist claims that in September 2022, the CIA and the White House secretly ordered and carried out an operation from Norway to blow up the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. US deep-sea divers allegedly placed explosives along the pipelines that were remotely detonated, according to award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh.
The journalist asserted in a self-published article on Wednesday that in June 2022, US Navy divers allegedly planted explosive devices beneath Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Three months later, in September, the journalist claimed that the explosives had allegedly destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines.
Hersh added that after nine months of discussions with important national security officials, US President Joe Biden decided on the operation. According to Hersh’s account, Biden decided to damage the pipelines after more than nine months of very private back and forth discussion within Washington’s national security community on how to best achieve that goal.
Biden, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Undersecretary of State for Policy Victoria Nuland, all of whom have been vociferous and consistent in their opposition to the pipelines, were aware of the situation, he said.
The White House has referred to Hersh’s blog post as “complete fiction and utter lie,” though. The allegation is “totally and entirely incorrect,” according to a Central Intelligence Agency spokesman. A sequence of underwater explosions in the Baltic caused the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which run from Russia to Germany and supplied cheap gas to mainland Europe, to burst in September of last year.
The analysis concluded that the direct route, which did not require transit through Ukraine, benefited the German economy by providing access to a plentiful supply of cheap Russian natural gas and enabling German distributors to economically resale surplus gas to clients in Western Europe. The report claims that the US and its NATO adversaries see the Nord Stream 1 as a threat to western hegemony.
Additionally, since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, it has been the focal point of a dispute between Europe and Russia over energy. In spite of the fact that the attack was planned, Russia was blamed for the explosion. Seymour Hersh claims that when preparations for the pipes began in December 2021, discussions on possible attack plans also started.
The US Navy discussed sending out a submarine to attack the pipeline, while the US Air Force thought of dropping bombs with delayed fuses that could be detonated remotely. Hersh quoted an unidentified person participating in the operation as saying that whatever needs to be done must be covert and undetectable in accordance with the CIA.
The American submarine facility in Norway, he added, was the “perfect spot to base the expedition.” They detested the Russians, and the Norwegian navy was full of great sailors and divers with years of experience in enormously profitable deep-sea oil and gas research, according to a tale that cited an unnamed source.
On September 26, 2022, a Norwegian Navy surveillance plane deployed a sonar buoy, cutting off three of the four pipelines. A few hours later, powerful C4 explosives were set off, and methane gas pools could be seen rising to the surface of the water.