Officials with U.S. intelligence have now suggested that a still unnamed “pro-Ukranian group” is the party responsible for the attack which took place last September against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline located in the Baltic Sea, which links natural gas coming from Russia out to Western Europe. Sweden and Denmark issued reports of the extremely severe damage done to the pipelines this past September as a large amount of natural gas leaked out and bubbled up to the surface of the sea.
As reported by a release from the New York Times, officials stated that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or any group directly associated with the national government was not involved in the attack and directly declined to disclose any further information about the newly discovered information. The still anonymous officials which were quoted by the times issued no solid specifics regarding the new shadow-clad group they claim attacked the pipeline but did nonetheless insist that the attack did not involve either the United States or the United Kingdom.
Just last month, Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who reported the information in an extensive post on Substack, alleged that divers with the U.S. Navy planted remote-controlled explosive devices on the pipeline while hiding the events as a training exercise from this past summer. Both the CIA and the White House openly deny the claims made by Hersh.
A report from The Daily Mail explained that National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby pointedly refused to issue comment on the piece from the Times while taking a briefing call with the mass media this past Tuesday, stating the investigations regarding the “sabotage” of the pipeline by Germany, Denmark, and Sweden are ongoing.
“There are three investigations going on right now,” stated Kirby. “And they aren’t done,” going on to add that the information from those particular reports had not yet been made public.
The pair of Nord Stream pipelines have been at the direct center of geopolitical arguments since well before the invasion of Ukraine by Russia just over a year ago. Months into the conflict started, Russia chose to stop all shipments of natural gas via Nord Stream 1 as a means to fight back against Western Europe, while Germany chose to block the adjacent Nord Stream 2 from initiating shipments just a scant few days prior to the war starting.
Additionally, just before the war starts, President Joe Biden openly warned “there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2” if Russia made the move to across the border into Ukraine.