Award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reports sources close to the covert operation claim Biden and NATO coordinated to blow up the pipeline to secure Western hegemony.“This is not kiddie stuff,” the source said. If the attack were traceable to the United States, “It’s an act of war.”
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The Biden administration planned the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines well in advance of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and executed the bombing with the utmost secrecy to avoid being exposed for committing “an act of war,” according to an explosive report by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh.
Hersh published an article Wednesday on SubStack called “How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline” laying out the planning and operational stages of the military’s directive to destroy the Nord Stream pipelines at the direction of the Biden regime, according to sources “close to the operation.”
Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning.
Two of the pipelines, which were known collectively as Nord Stream 1, had been providing Germany and much of Western Europe with cheap Russian natural gas for more than a decade. A second pair of pipelines, called Nord Stream 2, had been built but were not yet operational. Now, 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.
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Asked for comment, Adrienne Watson, a White House spokesperson, said in an email, “This is false and complete fiction.” Tammy Thorp, a spokesperson for the Central Intelligence Agency, similarly wrote: “This claim is completely and utterly false.”
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.
Hersh explained that, according to his sources, top Biden officials convened in Dec. 2021 to begin planning how to respond to Putin’s impending invasion of Ukraine, which took place two months later.
In December of 2021, two months before the first Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, Jake Sullivan convened a meeting of a newly formed task force—men and women from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIA, and the State and Treasury Departments—and asked for recommendations about how to respond to Putin’s impending invasion.
It would be the first of a series of top-secret meetings, in a secure room on a top floor of the Old Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House, that was also the home of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB). There was the usual back and forth chatter that eventually led to a crucial preliminary question: Would the recommendation forwarded by the group to the President be reversible—such as another layer of sanctions and currency restrictions—or irreversible—that is, kinetic actions, which could not be undone?
What became clear to participants, according to the source with direct knowledge of the process, is that Sullivan intended for the group to come up with a plan for the destruction of the two Nord Stream pipelines—and that he was delivering on the desires of the President.
Over the next several meetings, the participants debated options for an attack. The Navy proposed using a newly commissioned submarine to assault the pipeline directly. The Air Force discussed dropping bombs with delayed fuses that could be set off remotely. The CIA argued that whatever was done, it would have to be covert. Everyone involved understood the stakes. “This is not kiddie stuff,” the source said. If the attack were traceable to the United States, “It’s an act of war.”
Eventually, the CIA came up with a covert operation involving a diving team, modified submarines, and explosives.
Throughout “all of this scheming,” the source said, “some working guys in the CIA and the State Department were saying, ‘Don’t do this. It’s stupid and will be a political nightmare if it comes out.’”
Nevertheless, in early 2022, the CIA working group reported back to Sullivan’s interagency group: “We have a way to blow up the pipelines.”
Notably, just weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, Joe Biden suggested the Nord Stream pipelines would be destroyed if Russia invaded.
“I want to be very clear to you today,” she said in response to a question. “If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.” https://www.youtube.com/embed/OS4O8rGRLf8
According to Hersh, Biden’s inadvertent broadcasting the U.S.’s intent to take out the pipelines complicated matters for the Deep State.
“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.”
Top divers from the Navy were sent to Norway for the operation spearheaded by the CIA, which would be executed under the cover of a routine NATO exercise.
“The best divers with deep diving qualifications are a tight community, and only the very best are recruited for the operation and told to be prepared to be summoned to the CIA in Washington,” the source said.
The Norwegians also had a solution to the crucial question of when the operation should take place. Every June, for the past 21 years, the American Sixth Fleet, whose flagship is based in Gaeta, Italy, south of Rome, has sponsored a major NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea involving scores of allied ships throughout the region. The current exercise, held in June, would be known as Baltic Operations 22, or BALTOPS 22. The Norwegians proposed this would be the ideal cover to plant the mines.
It was both a useful exercise and ingenious cover. The Panama City boys would do their thing and the C4 explosives would be in place by the end of BALTOPS22, with a 48-hour timer attached. All of the Americans and Norwegians would be long gone by the first explosion.
In closing, when asked his thoughts on the geopolitical and economic fallout following the Nord Stream pipeline bombing, the source explained Biden “has a pair of balls” but ultimately was mistaken in blowing it up.
The source had a much more streetwise view of Biden’s decision to sabotage more than 1500 miles of Gazprom pipeline as winter approached. “Well,” he said, speaking of the President, “I gotta admit the guy has a pair of balls. He said he was going to do it, and he did.”
Asked why he thought the Russians failed to respond, he said cynically, “Maybe they want the capability to do the same things the U.S. did.
“It was a beautiful cover story,” he went on. “Behind it was a covert operation that placed experts in the field and equipment that operated on a covert signal.
“The only flaw was the decision to do it.”
The Biden regime adamantly denied Hersh’s report on Wednesday, calling it “false and complete fiction.”
Meanwhile, Russia responded to the report, demanding the Biden White House answer for the claims presented.
“The White House must now comment on all these facts,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Telegram.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) warned on Twitter that Hersh’s report, if true, would mean war with Russia is all but guaranteed