(Ken Silva, Headline USA) A jaw-dropping report published Tuesday by legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh alleged that the U.S. blew up Russia’s Nord Stream natural gas pipelines last September.
That would mean that the Biden administration committed perhaps the largest act of eco-terrorism in world history—against a nuclear power, no less.
Citing a source with direct knowledge of the covert operation, Hersh wrote that Navy divers planted explosives near the pipelines last June under the guise of the widely publicized NATO exercise BALTOPS 22.
The explosives were detonated remotely three months later, wrote Hersh—a Pulitzer Prize winner credited with exposing the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, the Abu Ghraib torture prison in Iraq and the CIA’s illegal domestic-spying activities, among numerous other government scandals.
Hersh’s article described, in intricate detail, how the Biden White House coordinated with the Pentagon and CIA throughout late 2021 and 2022 to sabotage the pipelines, which run between Russia and Germany.
According to Hersh, the Navy proposed using a newly commissioned submarine to assault the pipeline directly, while the Air Force discussed dropping bombs with delayed fuses that could be set off remotely.
The CIA reportedly stressed that whatever was done, it would have to be covert.
“This is not kiddie stuff … It’s an act of war,” Hersh’s source reportedly said.
Finally, the Biden administration settled on a plan: Navy divers operating from Norway would plant C4 explosives during the NATO BALTOPS22 exercise, with a 48-hour timer attached, Hersh wrote.
However, the Biden administration reportedly balked days before the exercise, worried that 48 hours wouldn’t be enough time to shield the U.S. and NATO from suspicion.
“The Americans at work in Norway operated under the same dynamic, and dutifully began working on the new problem—how to remotely detonate the C4 explosives on Biden’s order,” Hersh wrote.
The C4 explosives attached to the pipelines were triggered by a sonar buoy dropped by a plane on short notice, according to Hersh. Operators had to use the “most advanced signal processing technology” in the world to prevent the explosives being accidentally triggered by distant ships, underwater drilling, seismic events, waves or sea creatures, he wrote.
“To avoid [accidentally detonating the bombs], the sonar buoy, once in place, would emit a sequence of unique low frequency tonal sounds—much like those emitted by a flute or a piano—that would be recognized by the timing device and, after a pre-set hours of delay, trigger the explosives,” he wrote.
On Sept. 26, 2022, the U.S. and its allies allegedly carried out their nefarious plan. A Norwegian Navy P8 surveillance plane made a seemingly routine flight and dropped a sonar buoy.
“The signal spread underwater, initially to Nord Stream 2 and then on to Nord Stream 1. A few hours later, the high-powered C4 explosives were triggered and three of the four pipelines were put out of commission,” Hersh wrote.
“Within a few minutes, pools of methane gas that remained in the shuttered pipelines could be seen spreading on the water’s surface and the world learned that something irreversible had taken place,” he added.
In the aftermath, Russia blamed U.S. while the White House and most major American media outlets implausibly claimed that Russia destroyed its own infrastructure.
One of the lone pundits to raise the possibility of U.S. involvement was Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who ran a segment on the issue last September.
When Hersch asked for official comment on his story, White House spokesperson Adrienne Watson told him, “This is false and complete fiction.”
Tammy Thorp, a spokesperson for the Central Intelligence Agency, similarly told him: “This claim is completely and utterly false.”
The Nord Stream attacks amount to the largest-ever release of the potent greenhouse gas during a single event, with an impact similar to the annual emissions of 1 million cars, according to environmental scientists.
“Whoever ordered this should be prosecuted for war crimes and go to jail,” Rob Jackson, a Stanford University climate scientist, reportedly said last September.
Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.