Former CIA Director John Brennan said he believes Russia is the “most likely suspect” behind the apparent attack Nord Stream gas pipeline.
During an interview with CNN, Brennan said, “This is clearly an act of sabotage of some sort,” adding that “Russia certainly is the most likely suspect.”
Noting that the pipelines lie “only” in about 200 feet of water, Brennan claimed that “Russia does have an undersea capability that would easily lay explosive devices by those pipelines.”
Brennan said that the pipelines, which run from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, lie “only” in about 200 feet of water.
The former CIA went on to explain he believes the apparent sabotage is likely a Russian” ‘signal to Europe” that the Kremlin could cause damage beyond Ukraine.
“I do think it’s a signal to Europe that Russia could reach beyond Ukraine’s borders,” Brennan said.
John Brennan’s claims come despite videos from Biden officials, including Biden himself, declaring they would put an end to the Nord Stream “one way or the other.”
As we reported on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the incident needed to be investigated, and the timings for repairing the damaged pipelines are not yet clear.
When asked about claims Russia could be behind the possible attack, Peskov said: “That’s quite predictable and also predictably stupid.”
“This is a big problem for us because, firstly, both lines of Nord Stream 2 are filled with gas – the entire system is ready to pump gas, and the gas is very expensive,” Peskov said.
“Now the gas is flying off into the air,” he added.
“Before making any claims, we should wait for investigation into these ruptures, whether there was an explosion or not,” Peskov said.
The CIA issued vague warning earlier this year that the two Nord Stream gas pipelines could be targeted for an attack
The New York Times reported that three senior officials familiar with the intelligence refused to say whether Russia itself was identified as a possible attacker.
“American officials said that while it appeared likely that the damage to the pipelines was the result of sabotage, they had reached no conclusion about who might have been responsible. Both pipelines suffered a sudden loss of pressure and released gas into the sea, European officials reported, and the chances that both suffered accidents nearly simultaneously seem low,’ the outlet reported.