The Washington Post reported on Monday that some Western officials are not eager to find out who was behind the bombings of the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines that connect Russia to Germany.
An unnamed senior European diplomat told the Post that there is an understanding at gatherings of European and NATO policymakers: “Don’t talk about Nord Stream.”
The report says: “Leaders see little benefit from digging too deeply and finding an uncomfortable answer, the diplomat said, echoing sentiments of several peers in other countries who said they would rather not have to deal with the possibility that Ukraine or allies were involved.”
In February, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a bombshell report that said the US was behind the Nord Stream bombings. Hersh alleges US Navy divers planted explosives on the pipelines in an operation ordered by President Biden and carried out with the cooperation of Norway.
The Post report said suspicion for the attacks has fallen on Ukraine and Poland. It does not mention Hersh’s findings but casts doubt on a new narrative that the perpetrators of the bombings planted explosives using a 5o foot sailboat. Investigators are now saying the Yacht, the Andromeda, could not have been the only vessel used to carry out the operation and think it could have been used as a decoy to distract from the true perpetrators.
The idea that a yacht was used in the attack first surfaced in a report from the German newspaper Die Zeit in an article published on March 7. Hersh recently published another report that cited anonymous sources who said the Die Zeit story and another article published in The New York Times on the same day were planted by the CIA.
Hersh said the CIA was ordered to develop a cover story in coordination with German intelligence following a March 3 meeting in Washington between President Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. An American intelligence source told Hersh that the cover-up was concocted to discredit his Nord Stream report.
“It was a total fabrication by American intelligence that was passed along to the Germans, and aimed at discrediting your story,” the source told Hersh.