John Kirby, national security council coordinator for strategic communications, unequivocally denied U.S. involvement in the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines in an interview with Shannon Bream on "Fox News Sunday."
"It is a completely false story," Kirby said, referring to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh's 5,000-word Substack piece claiming the CIA, acting on President Biden's orders, sabotaged the pipeline.
"There is no truth to it, Shannon. Not a shred of it. It is not true," Kirby added.
"[Neither] the United States, [nor] proxies of the United States had anything to do with that. Nothing."
Bream, pressing further, posed a hypothetical question. She asked Kirby, if the United States were to undertake such a mission, would the administration have an obligation to inform Congress?
"I can tell you now, regardless of the notification process, there was no U.S. involvement in this. None. Zero. It's completely false."
Apart from Bream's interview with Kirby, another Fox News Channel host, Tucker Carlson, has expressed his concern that the the United States could have been involved with sabotaging the Russia-to-Europe pipeline. The Washington Post characterized Carlson's case as "shoddy."
"What became clear to participants, according to the source with direct knowledge of the process, is that [Jake] Sullivan intended for the group to come up with a plan for the destruction of the two Nord Stream pipelines ... and that he was delivering on the desires of the President," Hersh's piece, published February 8, says, in part.
Hersh was referring to Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to President Joe Biden.
"If Russia invades ... there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it ... I promise you we'll be able to do it," President Biden said at a press conference on February 7, 2022, following a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Hersh highlights those words in his international espionage-like thriller that details how he says Navy divers exploited a training exercise to plant remote-controlled explosives on the pipeline, 260 feet beneath the Baltic Sea, last summer.
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