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Did Joe Biden Attack the Nord Stream Pipeline? Some Are Making That Claim

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Nord Stream pipeline damaged. Image Credit: Twitter Screenshot.

Mysterious leaks affected both Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines between Russia and Germany this week, prompting investigations from European countries. Video footage shared online showed bubbles rising to the surface of the Baltic Sea, above the pipelines, suggesting that natural gas was leaking in large quantities.

The footage was released by the Danish Armed Forces, and officials also revealed that the leaks were causing a disturbance across a diameter of more than 1 kilometer.

Two leaks have been identified on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which has been inactive since last month. Both leaks were identified to the northeast of the island of Bornholm, which is Danish territory.

On Monday, the Nord Stream 2 operator also reported a sudden and unexpected drop in pressure. The Danish Energy Authority confirmed shortly afterward that a leak had been discovered in one of the two Nord Stream 2 pipelines that travel through Danish waters.

So far, there is only speculation about what happened – although, the fact that both pipelines were impacted suggests that this was done on purpose.

Western analysts believe that Russia could be behind the sabotage. Speaking to The Times of London on the condition of anonymity, one British military official claimed that the attack was orchestrated by the Kremlin and was “probably premeditated and planned” for several weeks.

Why Russia would choose to sabotage the pipelines in this way, however, is unclear. The Kremlin could have simply chosen to restrict the flow of natural gas through the pipelines in response to Western sanctions, as the Kremlin has repeatedly threatened.

Some Say the United States May Be Responsible

Video footage of President Joe Biden promising to bring an end to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in February of this year began circulating online again this week, with many commentators like Tucker Carlson from Fox News suggesting that President Joe Biden could have ordered an attack on the pipeline.

During a press conference just weeks before Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine, President Biden insisted that an invasion would bring an end to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

“If Russia invades, then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it,” the president said.

When asked how the United States could do that, given the pipeline is under Germany’s control, the president smiled and reiterated his claim.

“I promise you, we will be able to do that.”

The Kremlin appears to share the same concerns that the White House may have ordered the attack, too.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova used her Telegram account to demand answers from the White House over the incident, speculating that President Biden may be responsible.

“US President Joe Biden must answer the question of whether the United States carried out its threat on September 25 and 26 when an emergency was reported at three lines of Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, which has been preliminarily recognized as ruptures, whereas he suggested those were blown up,” Zakharova said.

The White House has not claimed responsibility for the damage, however, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg described the incident as the result of “sabotage.”

“Discussed the sabotage on the NorthStream pipelines with Defence Minister Morten Bødskov,” Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter. “We addressed the protection of critical infrastructure in NATO countries.”

There is no evidence that the United States is responsible for the attack, either. Despite President Biden’s words, a decision to attack Russian infrastructure in this way would without question be considered an escalation by Russia – a consequential matter at a time when the Russian president is threatening tactical nuclear weapon strikes in Ukraine.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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  1. 403Forbidden

    September 29, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Biden is as crazy as a magpie that fed on rotten meat thrown out of a mental asylum’s garbage pile.

    Biden hurls threats right and left as if he has magic power at the tips of his fingernails.

    Being ths oldest president of USA, he should function better than testesterone-filled younger people like bill clinton, whose unthinking actions led directly to 9/11.

    But biden is badly down with dementia, rebounding covid, cancer and rapid cognitive decline, he’s in no position to make sensible decisions, only hellishly crazy ones.

    Like smashing up russian pipelines.

  2. Ben d'Mydogtags

    September 29, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Who benefits from the pipeline attack vs. who suffers?

    Clearly Germany, Italy, France all suffer. Russia also suffers the loss of a major capital asset they paid for and expected to produce revenue.

    Who benefits?
    – Look at who else supplies natgas to Europe. That includes Algeria, USA, Norway and Israel. Plus you can add potential suppliers like Turkey/Azerbaijan (via the BTC pipeline), the Gulf States and Indonesia.
    – Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states all hate Russia and resent Germany, but could they pull something like this off?
    – Who else still retains the ability to buy below-market gas from Russia, now with less competition? That would be China, India, Central Asia. Or maybe in a “James Bond” world of Global Multinational Corporations with State-like wealth, capability and ambition you could add some non-state suspects.
    – Which of those potential suspects actually have the capability to precisely explode three undersea pipelines 80-100 meters below the Baltic and do so undetected?
    – Could a rogue terrorist or eco-extremist pull something like this off? Wouldn’t a “Progressive” Western government be deterred by the ecological damage?
    – Which possible saboteur is bold enough or reckless enough to attempt such an attack and risk being caught? Or who thinks that even if caught they can deny their way through or suppress the blowback?

    Answer those questions and you will find the culprit.

  3. Scottfs

    September 29, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    When you read the name ‘Joe Biden’ substitute ‘B. Hussein Obama.’ Every last person on the planet knows Biden is a shell, a puppet, who shakes hands with invisible people, brags about shagging a 12 year old, wanders on stage having no clue where to go, admitting ‘they’ tell him what to do.

    This is Hussein Obama’s third term, and the destruction of America he started continues apace.

    That’s why they fear Trump. He is the one man who stands in the way.

  4. hrholm

    September 29, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    I’m sorry (or maybe not), but this is a Presidential administration and political party that will say anything and do just about everything they can get away with to get their agenda advanced. And part of that agenda is to get even with Putin for supposedly helping to elect Donald Trump and steal their election (and every election now is ‘their’ election, they think) and dunk-tank Hillary Clinton. Now who else but the U.S. has the advanced military technology to send in on such a sabotage mission? Maybe Russia, maybe China, but as I have said elsewhere on this site, Putin would be nuts to do it, he would throw away some of his best geopolitical leverage against the NATO countries, and it would be totally unnecessary for him to do, anyway, because *Russia controls the spigot control valve regardless*! China certainly has no skin in such a sabotage game, what would they gain? They are on Russia’s side, anyway. And Germany is now too desparate for the gas, and the pipeline has been the premier source candidate, hands down. You think the Germans *want* to turn to Algeria, Israel, (*especially Israel*, how humiliating would *that* be?) or whomever else with gas supplies that is much further away than Russia. if they don’t have to? Ergo, enter the U.S. By sabotaging the pipeline surreptitiously, it takes Putin’s potential gas leverage this winter entirely away (this blowup ain’t gettin’ fixed quickly), deprives Russia of a substantial potential revenue source, and forces Germany to take another look at—–well, well, well—–LNG shipments from American companies! Oh, how convenient, follow the money, and how much of that money might find its way into Democrat party coffers in ‘thank you, Joe’ contributions? We all know what the U.S.is capable of, not only from a technological standpoint, but from a politically-motivational one. It’s also a black-eye for Mr. Putin, because obviously the Russian navy was nowhere nearby to intercept such an action. Any line of genuinely reasoning argument points to the U.S. as the most likely suspect, albeit they may have called on some sort of support from, say, the U.K., if so desired. Question is, if this really was a U.S. action, is there some whistleblower in the armed forces brave enough to come forward and just blow the lid off it, and sky-high? Depends on how much he/she would want to risk ultimately their very life, if not just their career.

  5. Jacksonian Libertarian

    September 30, 2022 at 4:55 am

    Actions speak louder than words.

    First, Russia stops sending gas through the pipelines to pressure Germany and the EU (so they don’t lose too much gas when they blow them up).

    Second, leaks are explosively created in the pipelines (I wonder how many engineers, frogmen, Subs, and purpose designed demolition charges were needed?).

    Third, the US is blamed for the sabotage (because of course the US can keep something like that secret, because the US Government never leaks./sarc).

    Everyone of those actions benefits Russia, by hurting and dividing the West.

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