Did President Biden remove the sanctions from the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline and its key executives in return for Russia's help with the Russian hackers that helped to cripple the Colonial pipeline? And was this a pre-planned attack with Russian foreknowledge?

Given the weakness of the Biden Administration and the closeness of Obamacons with Russians (Uranium One comes immediately to mind), I can’t help but consider the possibility of a staged deal.

May 6, 2021 – Start Hack

“Colonial Pipeline was hit with a ransomware attack. Bloomberg reported the hackers began their hack on May 6 by stealing about 100 gigabytes of data in a double extortion scheme that holds the data hostage and threatens to leak it. The company shut some of its operations after discovering malicious software in order to prevent it from spreading.” 

May 7, 2021 – Shutdown

“Colonial closed its operations on May 7, when a ransomware infection was found on its computer systems. The shutdown affected the supply of gas in parts of the East Coast, with some people waiting an hour or more at filling stations or not finding gas at all. State and federal officials had warned against hoarding and panic buying that could exacerbate the problem.”

May 7, 2021 – Ransom

“It was reported that within hours after the attack the company paid a ransom of nearly 75 Bitcoins (approximately $5 million) to the hackers in exchange for a decryption tool which proved so slow that Colonial's own backups were used to bring the system back online.”

May 12, 2021—Full Restart

“Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom to hackers after the company fell victim to a sweeping cyberattack, one source familiar with the situation confirmed to CNBC. A U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed to NBC News that Colonial paid nearly $5 million as a ransom to the cybercriminals.” “ The restart of pipeline operations began at 5 p.m. on May 12, ending a six-day shutdown, although Colonial Pipeline Company warned that it could take several more days for service to return to normal.”

May 14, 2021 – Hacker’s Attacked

“As of May 14, the group appeared to have disbanded, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported Darkside had told associates that it had lost access to the infrastructure it needs for its activities. The group said law enforcement actions had prompted its decision, according to the paper.”

May 20, 2021 – Payoff?

“The Biden administration has waived sanctions on a company building a controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. The US also lifted sanctions on the executive - an ally of Russia's Vladimir Putin - who leads the firm behind the Nord Stream 2 project. The move came in a report on Russian sanctions delivered to Congress by the Department of State.”

Bottom line…

It’s a bitch when you can’t trust your government.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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