Journalist Pierre Piccinin created a furor recently, testifying in a videotaped interview that, while kidnapped, he had overheard conversations indicating that it was not Assad but the rebels themselves who had released nerve gas in Damascus killing over 1,000 people. Several Italian publications expand on that story, and the last one translated below suggests that while Piccinin was, strictly speaking, telling the truth, he omitted important details. All in all, however, it is understandable that these two captives might want to depict their captors in the worst possible light. We must remember that the official story in Europe is that the Obama administration’s conclusion that Assad is guilty is generally accepted without question. Naturally, Quirico, who derives his livelihood from journalism, would be hesitant to tweak the powers that be.