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Ray McGovern Reveals How ‘Washington Post Let Hersh’s Dangerous Cat Out of the Bag’

Feb. 23, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Ray McGovern, the co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, after testifying at the UN Security Council’s session on the U.S. sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines, noted the first crack, after two weeks of grim silence, in the U.S. legacy media giants on Seymour Hersh’s authoritative exposure of the U.S. operation to bomb the pipelines. His article, “Washington Post Lets Hersh’s Dangerous Cat Out of the Bag,” posted on Antiwar.com, opens with:

“Bombshell No. 1: Seymour Hersh’s Feb. 8 report that President Joe Biden authorized the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines built to carry cheap Russian gas to Europe.

“Bombshell No. 2: The Washington Post today ended the Establishment media embargo on Hersh’s damning report, mentioning its findings and even including a link to his article.”

He went on to include an edited summary from the Security Council of the testimony of Jeffrey Sachs to the UN Security Council along with McGovern: “As the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines on 26 September 2022 constitutes an act of international terrorism and represents a threat to peace, it is the Council’s responsibility to take up the question of who might have carried out the act, help bring the perpetrator to justice, pursue compensation for the damaged parties and prevent such actions from recurring in the future.

“Only a handful of state-level actors have both the technical capacity and access to the Baltic Sea to have carried out this action. These include the Russian Federation, the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, Norway, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, either individually or in some combination.

“Pointing to investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s detailed account of the Nord Stream destruction, he said his work attributes the Nord Stream destruction to a decision ordered by Biden. The Biden Administration offered no information contradicting Hersh’s account and/or any alternative explanation.”

McGovern also made the simple observation to the Security Council, says the report:  “Mr. Hersh attracts whistleblowers because of his perfect record of protecting their identities and accurately publishing what they reveal, despite government attacks. While some are now smearing Mr. Hersh, such critics do not themselves have a good record of credibility....”

His presentation today, at the Schiller Institute’s conference “Investigate Nord Stream Revelations: Stop Nuclear World War III!” goes into depth on the strategic reality that Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing, and about which the West has been deluding itself.

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