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Germany warned of possible CIA attack on Nord Stream gas pipeline weeks in advance: report


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The CIA warned its counterparts in Berlin earlier this summer of possible attacks on gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, according to a Tuesday report.

German magazine Spiegel reported on Tuesday that there were indications from the United States that there were signs of a planned attack on two North Stream gas pipelines.

A major sea disturbance can be seen off the Danish island of Bornholm on Tuesday September 27, 2022 following a series of unusual leaks on two gas pipelines from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany sparked concerns about possible sabotage.
(Danish Defense Command via AP)

The report, which cites unnamed sources, came as explosions rocked the Baltic Sea on Tuesday before unusual leaks were discovered on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 submarine pipelines from Russia to Germany.

Some European leaders and experts point the finger at possible sabotage during an energy showdown with Russia caused by the war in Ukraine.

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The three leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, which are filled with natural gas but do not deliver the fuel to Europe, have overshadowed the inauguration of a long-awaited pipeline that will bring Norwegian gas to Poland to strengthen the continent’s energy independence from Moscow. .

The first explosion was recorded early Monday southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm, said Bjorn Lund, director of the Swedish National Seismic Network. A second, stronger explosion northeast of the island that night was equivalent to a magnitude 2.3 earthquake. Seismic stations in Norway and Finland also recorded the explosions.

FILE: Workers stand near pipelines during an opening ceremony for the Baltic Pipe in Budno, Poland, Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

FILE: Workers stand near pipelines during an opening ceremony for the Baltic Pipe in Budno, Poland, Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
(AP Photo)

No official presented evidence of the cause of the Nord Stream problems, but with mistrust of Russia running high, some feared that Moscow had sabotaged its own infrastructure out of spite or to warn that the pipelines were vulnerable to attacks. attacks. Leaks in international waters off the coasts of Denmark and Sweden raised the stakes over whether energy infrastructure was being targeted and led to an uptick in natural gas prices.

The scale of the damage means Nord Stream pipelines are unlikely to be able to transport gas to Europe this winter, even if there was political will to bring them online, analysts at Eurasia Group have said. Russia halted flows on the 760-mile Nord Stream 1 pipeline during the war, while Germany prevented them from starting in the parallel Nord Stream 2.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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