Hersh, one of the most famous and respected journalists in the world, has just published an investigative report showing that the United States, in cahoots with Norway, conspired and executed the destruction of Nordstream2. The United States, Norway (and investors in Norway petroleum) were the obvious immediate beneficiaries. See Seymour Hirsh, "How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline," Substack News (8 Feb 2023) https://seymourhersh.substack.com/p/how-america-took-out-the-nord-stream. Instead of reporting this, Australia's ABC News, an Australian government production, dredged up a distraction piece purporting to show that Vladimir Putin probably signed off on the MH17 missile incident (17 July 2014) despite there being no obvious motive.
Seymour Hersh is the journalist who revealed the truth behind the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam where between 347 and 504 unarmed people were murdered by US soldiers in 1968. He is rightly respected, trusted, and world famous.
Even major US News outlets have covered his report on Nordstream 2 sabotage, albeit with flimsy Washington denials that try to paint Hersh as incompetent. See, for instance, Cailtlin Doornbos and Samuel Chamberlain, "Pulitzer winner Seymour Hersh claims US Navy behind Nord Stream 2 pipeline explosion." (Feb 8, 2023.) https://nypost.com/2023/02/08/seymour-hersh-claims-us-navy-behind-nord-stream-2-pipeline-explosion/. Reuters, "White House says blog post on Nord Stream explosion 'utterly false." https://www.reuters.com/world/us/white-house-says-blog-post-nord-stream-explosion-is-utterly-false-2023-02-08/ Well, Washington would say that, wouldn't they, even though they constantly forecast the destruction of the pipeline.
Instead of reporting on this incredibly important revelation, the Australian ABC dredged up a distraction piece purporting to show that Vladimir Putin probably signed off on the MH17 missile incident. This was backed up by the Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, giving a speech damning the Russian Government. This is the man who has lied about trying to help Julian Assange.
How dare the Australian Government treat Australians in this way.
Although we are aware of the absolute pro-Washington bias of the Australian ABC in reporting matters of war and just about everything else, this even took our breaths away.
We are disgusted.
We can only suppose that generalised rises in the cost of living (because of land-price rises) in Australia, and debt, have contributed to such job insecurity among journalists, even those employed by the government at the ABC, that they no longer dare diverge a millimetre from the scripts delivered to them by the nameless elites who dominate the information wars. Financial insecurity is not the only pressure on institutional journalists, of course. Journalists world-wide are now threatened by prosecution under the United States Espionage Act (1917) comporting high risk of extradition from any US-friendly state, a military-dominated kangaroo court, and indefinite imprisonment in the United States.
It is gob-smacking to see these so-called journalists deliver daily litanies of nonsense with straight faces. Every so often a shadow of worry seems to cross some of their faces, but they continue professionally, like good students of Goebbels, to tell us baleful lies, at increasing risk of leading us into World War 3.
The petroleum-economic dynamics of this situation are that Germany and most of Western Europe initially lost access to a long-term supply of cheap Russian gas after they slapped sanctions on Russia at the beginning of the Ukraine war in 2022. Germany, as the industrial capital of Europe, was particularly hard-hit. The United States, which openly wanted Europe to stop using Russian gas and buy shipped LNG from the United States, had constantly pressured Germany not to cooperate with Russia in bulding Nordstream 2, which had guaranteed the efficient delivery of Russian gas to Europe, direct to Germany.
Although Europe had apparently observed US and EU sanctions against Russian gas, they were actually buying it at gouging prices second and third hand from other countries that continued to import it. They were also buying US LNG at prices estimated to be four times the purchase prices within the United States. French President Macron even had an audience with US President Biden in 2022 in an unsuccessful attempt to get the export price reduced. Additionally, the US supply of gas via ships to Europe is woefully inefficient and inadequate. Gas is lost during the voyage because it can escape through storage containers. There are not enough ships, and there are not nearly enough ports to receive the gas in Europe.
It is generally thought that the US wanted to physically destroy the Nordstream 2 Pipeline because Germany was experiencing increasing political and popular pressure to re-open the pipeline, due to its crashing economy and the suffering that winter would produce for its citizens and businesses. A theory is that the United States treats Europe as an economic competitor and wants to reduce its economic viability, and has used the opportunity to get European businesses to move to the United States. Biden's recent policies confirm this impression. See "European industry pivots to US as Biden subsidy sends ‘dangerous signal’," https://www.ft.com/content/59a8d135-3477-4d0a-8d12-20c7ef94be07 and Wen Sheng, "EU faces rising economic peril, as US dictates all terms,"Oct 23, 2022. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202210/1277777.shtml
Although the people of Germany, including German industrialists, were the losers, bizarrely the German government has not released the Swedish Government's report of its investigations into the Nordstream 2 blasts. Of course that makes it seem all the more likely that the report would confirm Seymour Hersh's findings.
Moments after the explosions destroying Nordstream 2, the then UK Prime Minister Liz Truss sent a text message to the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, stating, "It is done." See, for instance," ‘It’s done’: Did Liz Truss text Antony Blinken after Nord Stream attack?" https://mmnews.tv/its-done-did-liz-truss-text-antony-blinken-after-nord-stream-attack/
The hallmark of fake news is to attack the messenger, rather than supply contrary evidence. The US and Australia could have published documents from the Swedish and other investigations of what really happened to Nordstream 2. They could have argued their case coherently. Instead, they have just emitted a lot of noise, aiming to confuse, whilst Australia's ABC has simply invited us all to look the other way.
What cowards our 'official journalists.'
Andriy Bondar (not verified)
Sun, 2023-02-12 21:04
Rejects Seymour Hersh's findings that US blew up Nord Stream 2
Editor's comment: The original title given to this comment was "Little Miss Breathless in Australia?" I changed the title so that readers are more likely to understand the purpose of this comment. As for this post's effort to dismiss Seymour Hersh, please also see the 29 minute Video discussion How America Blew Up The Nord Stream Pipeline | Redacted with Natali and Clayton Morris. Otherwise, for now, I will just point out that no sources are given for the claims made below. I expect that if they had been cited, we would find that they are the same sources that lied about Iraqi WMDs, supposed Syrian and Libyan governments murder of their own peoples, 'North' Vietnamese 'aggression' against 'South' Vietnam, Oswald's 'magic bullet', etc., etc.
I checked out the link that you would have us believe proves former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss sent a text message to the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, saying, "It is done." moments after the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline explosion. Your link is to some obscure Pakistani website that advertises samosas (which I quite enjoy) and the "evidence" consists of nothing apart from a tweet by the notorious troll, serial liar and convicted fraud Kim Dotcom. Kim Dotcom claims to have personally seen the alleged phone comment on hacked intel. It is beyond me why anyone would take this unsupported claim seriously as Kim Dotcom furnished no evidence and repeatedly makes outrageous claims. At least when Kim Dotcom dishonestly accused Lt Gen Valerii Zaluzhnyi of wearing a Nazi bracelet, he provided a blurry image! But such are the standards of your citizen journalism that random unsubstantiated tweets from known frauds constitutes breathtaking evidence, so long as it fits in with your conspiratorial, Russia Today approved worldview.
One imagines Kim Dotcom is rather unhappy with the US government, which seeks his extradition from NZ for several hundred million dollars worth of copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering. Also of interest is how Kim Dotcom, who dropped out of high school without a penny in his pocket, has somehow been able to accumulate the wealth to have almost 20 luxury cars, a mansion and 10 million dollars in the bank. Not being a conspiracy theorist myself, I shall not speculate.
As to the 85 year old Mr Seymour Hersh, about whom you claim to be breathless, his claims about the US and Norway being behind the blowing up of Nordstream2 have about as much hard and verifiable evidence as the litany of other conspiracy theories he has pushed in his dotage, such as his James Bond like claim about the killing of Osama Bin Laden. That is to say, nothing whatsoever.
Accordingly the ABC, which you breathlessly criticise and accuse without evidence of lying, is likely not reporting Seymour Hersh's latest tale for the same reason it doesn't report most of the millions of other grubby claims and conspiracy theories that flood the internet each day of the week and lure in the gullible, the immature and the weird. Any claim that the ABC is beholden to the government is obviously false given the ABC's habit over many decades of running stories that shame the Government of the day, such as those on Robodebt, war crimes in Afghanistan, corruption in politics and policing and so on. How many time has just one program, 4 Corners, shone a light in dark corners that have embarrassed governments over the years? It must be dozens. You will not get that in your preferred Ilyinist-Putinist (Nazi) Russia, which controls most of the media and has caused independent journalists to flee the country.
Andriy Bondar (not verified)
Mon, 2023-02-13 14:08
The evidence is at your fingertips
Editors' comment: How Andriy, an ethnic Ukrainian, could not hate Zilenskyy, who has sent tens of thousands of his brothers to their deaths in his war of choice in the East, is beyond me. Is Andriy aware that Zilenskyy, whether through stupidity or criminal intent, attempted to cause the Zaporozhye nuclear plant to melt down with rocket attacks and artillery bombardment? Has he seen films of Ukrainians, including ethnic Hungarians being hunted down to be conscripted by Zilenskyy to fight and die in the East?
Re the editor's comment, all my claims are from the mainstream media and you may easily google them. It takes less than 10 seconds to find literally thousands of links about Kim Dotcom's wealth and legal issues, for instance. This is also common knowledge as it has been well reported, so the author of this article is obviously aware of them but made a deliberate decision to conceal this information from the readership. I did not bother providing links as this website dismisses mainstream reporting and will not allow links or even paragraph breaks, although I note paragraph breaks, for the first time ever, are in my above reply. - I edited the comment to make it more readable - Ed.
As an aside- I now see that this website is running a claim by the convicted pedophile and notorious chatroom child groomer, Scott Ritter, that the Ukrainians are using chemical weapons against the Russian Ilynist-Putinist invaders. (Editors' comment: As we know from the Jeffrey Epstein saga, large numbers of the US political elite were also guilty of pedophilia. If Ritter, himself, has been found guilty of some counts of pedophilia, the fact remains, we owe our lives to Scott Ritter, who achieved agreements to control the nuclear arms race in 1988, following the US deployment of cruise missile and the Soviet response. Had this not occurred, nuclear war would almost certainly have occurred.) Without hard evidence, verified by neutral sources, I see this as just another racist attack on my fellow Ukrainians. For whatever reason, this website is determined to see all Ukrainians exterminated in a Second Holodomor.
Anonymous (not verified)
Mon, 2023-02-13 14:12
Ideology and criticism and Andriy Bondar
Yeah, nah. The Kim Dotcom observations have been widely reported and Kim's record is not so black and white. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAFWsSnxsI) Doesn't seem likely that he made it up, but, even if he did, his is not the only sign pointing to the US.
Motivation, opportunity, and threats put the US (and anyone found loitering with them) as prime suspects.
Seymour Hersh's very detailed account is probably true for the simple reason that the bad guys (the United States and NATO) have failed to argue it point by point. Instead, they have just tried to smear the author, whose credentials are so good that this just makes them look like liars incapable of defending their lies, despite enormous budgets just to do that.
You are also trying to smear him, rather than argue motive, opportunity, intention, and all the points that Hersh makes.
ABC Australia mirrors Australian cabinet policies and consistently reports whatever the Whitehouse gives as reasons to go to war. The US always find mad dictators wherever they want to invade and pillage, and weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons, babies thrown out of incubators, etc etc. How could anyone not born yesterday believe them, unless thoroughly brainwashed from childhood? Four Corners also does terrible reports sometimes, such as perpetuating the Russian interference nonsense in US elections. With anything important that affects foreign relations, they pull their punches.
Unfortunately Australia is one of the bad guys and it is friends with a whole gang of them.
We have a government that has allowed Julian Assange, who exposed countless US and other war-crimes to be locked up illegally for years, on behalf of the United States. What further proof do you need to indicate that Australia's media and governments are built on lies, war, propaganda, and defending criminals?
The ABC has almost nothing to say about Julian Assange. None of the mainstream journalists stand up for him - because they are too scared of their bosses or so ignorant that they actually cannot question what they are telling the general public.
All our news is censored since the beginning of the war, at a time when everyone could and should be able to read what the other side(s) have to say. But that would prevent the war, so we have censorship.
It amazes me that you get so riled up. Ours is one of very few sites that doesn't swallow the pro-Ukraine message hook, line and sinker. Do you expect every single journalist in the world to agree with your ideologically stuck view of the world?
Andriy Bondar (not verified)
Mon, 2023-02-13 21:38
Putinist Russia is a Nazi Regime
Tue, 2023-02-14 00:47
Adds nothing to the discussion
As with his previous 'contributions' to the discussion about the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Andriy Bondar has not cited sources for his latest attempt to depict Vladimir Putin as like Hitler or the Antichrist whilst attacking me personally. nor has he addressed what I added to two of his previous comments.
I chose to respond, in the way I did, to his comments because I believed it would help visitors better understand the content. I still preserved all of his original content within those comments. If that still troubles Andriy Bondar, he can always find somewhere else to post his views.
I should also apologise to other site visitors, who find themselves subjected the venomous lies that were posted above. I will have to find a way to put such posts somewhere linked to from here so that those, who are sufficiently curious, can still follow the link and read the posts for themselves.
Tue, 2023-02-14 08:26
Andriy afraid to actually read what he tries to slur, or a troll
Andriy Bondar (not verified)
Tue, 2023-02-14 20:01
Whatever happened to peace love and understanding?
Wed, 2023-02-15 01:44
Past encounter with Andriy Bondar little different to now
The encounter with Sheila, that Andriy Bondar refers to, begins here beneath Sheila's article of 21 November 2022, New industrial law bill may cut down on mass import of cheap workers, if passed. The title that Andriy Bondar gave to his post was "This is a garbled post".
Sheila responded, appropriately in my view, with a comment entitled "Post ungarbled. Your comments mostly correct, Andriy, if abusive."
In his next comment, in spite of Sheila conceding where she could see that Andriy Bondar was correct, Andriy Bondar attempted to further denigrate Sheila. After three sentences of this, he changed the subject completely and launched into a tirade against Sheila, similar to what he wrote above.
This tirade concerned articles we had written elsewhere, on candobetter.net, about Vladimir Putin, Russia and Ukraine. Sheila responded. Then we heard nothing more from Andriy Bondar, until now.
Regarding, the "critical guests," "every single one of which" has "copped abuse and been shown the door or otherwise treated poorly," I have no idea what he is talking about. Of course, he is welcome to provide examples.