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Citing an unnamed source with “direct knowledge” of U.S. Navy operations, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist claimed the U.S. government sabotaged Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipelines in September.
On Sept. 27, NPR reported that both the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, located in the Baltic Sea, had suffered “undersea leaks.”
A local seismographer told NPR the leaks were caused by underwater blasts too powerful to have been caused by earthquakes or landslides.
Although neither pipeline was active, they contained large reserves of natural gas that were lost in the leak. According to NPR, the pipelines are both owned by Gazprom, a company controlled by the Russian government.
Danish government officials believed the leaks were the result of foul play and, on Wednesday, journalist Seymour Hersh seemingly confirmed as much.
Hersh has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting on various government conspiracies.
According to Hersh, who reported the news independently via Substack, a team of U.S. Navy divers planted remote-controlled explosive devices three months prior to the leak.
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