U.S. denies being behind Nord Stream sabotage

U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin – Michael Kappeler/dpa

The White House on Wednesday denied allegations that the United States was behind the explosions recorded on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines in September 2022, reiterating that it was «not involved in the explosion.»

The Department of Defense has assured that the U.S. Navy is not involved in the Nord Stream pipeline incident, hours after Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh pointed to U.S. divers as the ones responsible for placing explosives in the pipelines, as reported by ‘The New York Post’.

«The United States was not involved in the Nord Stream explosion,» Pentagon spokesman Garron Garn told the newspaper in a brief statement, reiterating the Defense Department’s response to the same accusation in October.

Previously, Hersh explained on his website that those responsible for the alleged sabotage are US Navy divers, who would have placed explosives during NATO’s ‘Baltops 22’ maneuvers.

According to the journalist, on September 26, a Norwegian Navy plane launched a hydroacoustic buoy which detonated the explosive devices. He explained that the decision to detonate them was taken nine months after a «secret discussion» by U.S. national security agencies.

On the same day, Nord Stream 2 AG, operator of the Russian gas pipeline of the same name, announced a gas leak for unknown reasons in one of the two pipelines of the infrastructure near the Danish island of Bornholm.

Subsequently, authorities reported that two branches of the parallel Nord Stream 1 pipeline were also damaged. Germany, Denmark and Sweden did not rule out an act of sabotage just eight months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service labeled the explosions as terrorist attacks and on September 30 revealed that it had evidence pointing to the involvement of Western countries.