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US Involvement in Nord Stream Blast Fits 11 Known Facts: Sachs

  • Representation of the Nord Stream pipelines.

    Representation of the Nord Stream pipelines. | Photo: Twitter/ @reseau_internat

Published 15 February 2023

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said last week that the U.S. Navy was involved in the Nord Stream explosions. 

The recent report by a famed U.S. journalist on the involvement of the U.S. Navy in the Nord Stream explosions is "credible" and is consistent with several existing facts, said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.


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American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said last week on the U.S. portal Substack that the U.S. Navy was involved in the Nord Stream explosions. 

In June 2022, the U.S. Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines three months later.

"I have long hypothesized that the U.S. Government carried out this action, and Hersh's account adds to the likelihood of that hypothesis," said Sachs, who listed 11 facts corresponding to Hersh's report.

First and second are the long-standing vociferous U.S. opposition to Nord Stream and the extensive record of U.S. covert operations against the infrastructure of other countries.

U.S. President Joe Biden last year publicly warned that in the event of a Russian military campaign, the United States would end the pipeline, declaring, "I promise you we will be able to do it," said Sachs.

Fourth, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland warned in 2022 that Nord Stream "would not move forward" if Russia launches operations.

Moreover, "very few countries, if any, other than the United States have the technical capacity to carry out such an attack without immediate detection," said Sachs.

He also listed Sweden's remarkable unwillingness to reveal the results of its own investigation into the explosions, and the silence in mainstream Western media regarding Hersh's report, as two facts that can explain his hypothesis.

The eighth fact is that Western intelligence agencies have admitted that there is no evidence whatsoever that Russia carried out this act. 

The celebration by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who deemed the pipeline destruction a "tremendous opportunity" to wean Europe from Russian gas, and by Nuland, who called the damaged Nord Stream 2 "a hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea," also add to the possibility of the United States orchestrating the destruction, said the professor.

Lastly, Hersh's credible and detailed account has yet to be refuted other than possibly in minor details, he said.


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