Headline RoundupJune 6th, 2023

US Knew of Ukrainian Plan to Attack Nord Stream Pipeline Prior to Sabotage

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Leaked intelligence acquired by the Washington Post (Lean Left bias) revealed the CIA was made aware in June 2022 of a Ukrainian plan to sabotage the Nord Stream pipeline, three months before a series of underwater explosions ruptured both Nord Stream pipelines flowing from Russia to Germany. 

Details: Reports reveal an unnamed European intelligence agency shared information on the plan with the CIA. The Post reported “striking similarities” between the Ukrainian plan outlined in the documents and the eventual attack. In the immediate aftermath of the sabotage in September, Russia accused “Anglo-Saxons” of Western Europe and the U.S. for the attack, citing Biden’s past comments against the pipeline. Many leaders in Western Europe and the U.S. blamed Russia for the sabotage. Ukraine directly blamed Moscow. Biden refuted Russian claims the U.S. was involved, but did not directly blame Russia. 

For Context: This information comes from the collection of leaked materials shared through the chat messaging program Discord by Jack Teixeira, a 21-year-old air national guardsman in Massachusetts who was taken in custody in April. 

How The Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum are reporting on the leaked intelligence mildly and not prominently, apart from the Washington Post. Coverage across the spectrum mainly summarizes the reporting done by the Washington Post article. As of 5:00 EST Tuesday, Newsweek (Center bias) published 14 articles related to the Russia-Ukraine war throughout the day, but had not covered the leaked information.

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