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US Intelligence Community Warned Of Ukrainian Plot Of NordStream Sabatoge: WaPo

The CIA was warned in June that Ukrainian special forces had planned an attack on Russia’s Nord Stream natural gas pipelines, according to an exclusive from the Washington Post.

The heads-up from a European spy agency came months before the Nord Stream gas pipeline suffered at the hands of what most official investigations deemed gross sabotage. The warning said that the attacks would be carried out by a small team of divers who reportedly directly to the commander in chief of the Ukrainian armed forces, the Washington Post suggests.

The intelligence report was shared on Discord, WaPo said, allegedly from Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira. The intelligence was based on information from a Ukrainian individual, although WaPo was unable to corroborate the source’s information. The CIA, however, did share back in June its report with Germany and other European countries, sources familiar with the matter told WaPo.

In the aftermath of the attacks, Germany and several other governments set out to investigate the cause of the explosions but have failed to reach any conclusion.

The Nord Stream pipelines were sabotaged in late September in still unexplained circumstances. Nord Stream 1 was carrying gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, while Nord Stream 2 was never put into operation after Germany axed the certification process following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia, for its part, shut down Nord Stream 1 indefinitely in early September, claiming an inability to repair gas turbines because of the Western sanctions.

Russia has called for an international investigation into the Nord Stream sabotage after a U.S. investigative journalist wrote in February that the United States had planted explosives on the bottom of the Baltic Sea to blow up the pipelines, although Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said last month that the chances of finding and bringing the Nord Stream attack perpetrators to justice were negligible.

By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on June 06 2023 said:
    Whom are they trying to kid? If this is the case, why didn’t the CIA dissuade the Ukrainian Special Forces from committing such an international act of sabotage. This means that either the saboteurs were working for the CIA or the United States wanted the Russian Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 destroyed.

    However, the glaring truth is that circumstantial evidence points the finger at the United States as having a motive, an economic benefit and a strategic objective. These three descriptions fit the US like a hand in a glove.

    The motive is documented vehement opposition by the United States since the 1960s to the building of Soviet and later Russian gas and oil pipelines to Europe.

    The economic benefit is apparent to the whole world in the fact that the United States has been wanting to replace the cheap and plentiful Russian piped gas with its LNG supplies. It got its chance in the aftermath of the Ukraine conflict by charging the hapless EU exorbitant prices 3-4 times higher that it sells its LNG domestically.

    The strategic objective is that the US has been aching to sever forever Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and oil as threatening to its energy security. It fulfilled its objective by sabotaging the Nord Streams 1 and 2 pipelines. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke of the Nord Stream sabotage as “a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy”.

    Additional evidence is President Biden’s public declaration at a white House briefing on 7 February in the presence of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz a few days before Russian troops crossed the Ukraine borders that “If Russia invades, there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.”

    Other evidence is provided by famed American award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh who in a 5,000-word Substack post titled “How America Took Out the Nord Stream Pipeline” citing an anonymous source with direct knowledge of the operational planning, accused the US of sabotaging Nord Stream with the involvement of Norway.

    Hersh is a serious journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing the 1968 M? Lai massacre, in which US troops murdered hundreds of Vietnamese civilians in cold blood. He was also pilloried for disputing claims that the Assad government in Syria used chemical weapons on civilians..

    Based on this irrefutable circumstantial evidence, any court of law will indict the United States for the sabotage operation.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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