posted by Quis Custodiat, 13 February 2023
Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published
a bombshell report on Wednesday (8 February,) in which he alleged that the United States was behind the
sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline system last year, citing a single
unnamed source "with direct knowledge of the operational planning."This is not news to most of us as people from a industrial, political, or economic backgrounds, applying the principle of 'cui bono' (who benefits,) quickly identified the USA as the prime suspected, probably aided and abetted by one of their NATO allies in the region.
According to Hersh's report published on his new Substack, the September, 2022 attack on the Russian - owned gas pipelines which carried around 30% of the gas Germany needed to keep the home fires burning and the wheels of industry turning was effected by the U.S. Navy "under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22" and with assistance from the Norwegian navy and secret service.
Last June, with the authorization of President Joe Biden, U.S. Navy
divers planted "remotely triggered explosives that, three months later,
destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines," Hersh reported.
White House security spokesman Adrienne Watson,quickly denied U.S. involvement,
telling the Russian state-owned news agency TASS that Hersh's reporting was "false and complete fiction." The White House gave the same statement to Reuters
and to Hersh himself, who over the course of his career
has famously exposed U.S. forces' massacre of hundreds of Vietnamese
civilians exposed the torture of detainees at the U.S-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.The reporter stood by his story however, and asserted that his source is totally reliable, hinting that there is more to be revealed about US involvement in European affairs.
It does not matter whether Hersh knows more than he is telling. In any story like this, whether deliberately leaked or actively researched, there will be a grain (actually a very, very large slice) of the truth. So here's how we Boggart Bloggers think things stand:
It seems everyone knows that the USA was behind the action, whether practically or only by instigation. Were it otherwise how could American gas suppliers have had a fleet of Liquid Natural Gas tankers ready to start shipping gas to Europe to replace the lost Russian imports. Most well informed people in Germany, including many business leaders have accepted this and it is likely the Russians or someone in Germany has evidence to prove it.
So as readers we need to think rationally to try to sort out which parts of Hersh's story are the red herrings. I think that it is reasonable to assume that 75% is true, but the issue is sorting out which 25% is not.
Our guess is that the US sources would be anxious to protect their anonymity, and if it was a US plane that triggered the explosion to protect U.S. interests by throwing Norway to the lions. They would also probably be keen to protect the UK, since if they shit on the Brits there are a lot of secrets regarding covert operations known to MI6 and any serious rift could lead to all sorts of embarrassing leaks. So Norway is sacrificed instead of the UK, and perhaps because it is felt that Russia is less likely to retaliate against Norway.
One serious issue for the USA, that nobody is discussing, is just how reliable is the UK these days. The huge social shifts that has seen Rishi Sunak elected as PM indicates that the Angloshpere connection is weakening. Yes Sunak is probably in the pocket of the USA as is Starmer, but what about the nation as a whole. Economically the UK is in a bad place and it would be expedient to dump on weak Norway, than risk further destabilisation in UK.
All of this might seem idiotically convoluted, but compared to the usual machinations of governments, diplomatic staff and state security agencies it is comparatively straightforward, and in the light of the initial response of the USA and NATO members to the sabotage of the pipelines, which was you may remember, to accuse the Russians of sabotaging their own pipeline, an asset via which a highly significant slice of their export revenue was earned, it starts to look quite feasible.