Belgian Journalist overheard Free Syrian Army members admitting Assad NOT to blame for chemical attack

Belgian journalist, Pierre Piccinin, says he and another journalist being held hostage by the Free Syrian Army overheard a Skype call where two of their captives and a Free Syrian Army general said that it was insurgents who perpetrated the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta, that Assad had nothing to do with it.



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IBI TIMES – A Belgian writer held hostage for five months in Syria has said that his own rebel captors denied that President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the Ghouta massacre.

Pierre Piccinin said that he and fellow hostage Domenico Quirico, an Italian war reporter, heard their jailers talking about the chemical weapon attack and saying that Assad was not to blame.

Quirico confirmed to La Stampa newspaper that they had eavesdropped such a conversation through a closed door but added that he had no evidence to substantiate what he heard.

Piccinin said the captives became desperate when they heard that the US was planning to launch a punitive attack against the regime over the gas attack in the Damascus suburb.

“It wasn’t the government of Bashar al-Assad that used sarin gas or any other gas in Ghouta,” Piccinin told Belgian RTL radio after he was released.

“We are sure about this because we overheard a conversation between rebels. It pains me to say it because I’ve been a fierce supporter of the Free Syrian Army in its rightful fight for democracy since 2012,” Piccinin added.

“We were prisoners, stuck with this information and unable to report it,” he said.

However, his fellow prisoner said it would be “madness” to say that he knew for sure that Assad was not culpable.

“I do not know if this is true but nothing tells me it is,” he said.

Quirico said he listened to a Skype conversation between three individuals, whose names he could not confirm. One identified himself as a Free Syrian Army general.

The three contended that insurgents had used gas in Ghouta to trigger Western intervention.

“I have no evidence to confirm this theory and I do not know who these people were or if they are reliable,” Quirico said.

“It is impossible for me to say if this conversation was based on real events or on rumours and hearsay. It is not my habit to hold true conversations overheard through a door.”

(h/t: BNI)

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Febreezy
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Febreezy

what if it was Assad’s boys who dressed up like rebels and had this all planned out? hmmm

Charliecrown
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Charliecrown

Don’t buy it, not at all sorry. I’m always skeptical as hell (properly so) about massive conspiracies that only a handful have knowledge of with very little proof.
Oh there are many evil scumbags among the rebels (Al Nusra and other Al Qaeda related) no doubt, the exact % is unclear seems lbut it;s nowhere close to 100% from what I’ve read.
Regardless, the scale, delivery mechanism, and geography of the attack seems MUCH more consistent with Assad doing it with his huge known stockpiles and delivery systems, and their desperate offer (even if fake) to turn them over now. Oppose or support the effort, there are good arguments either way, but don’t be taken in by conspiracy bullshit.

Conservatives shoudl be, and normally are better than that.

GWShrub
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GWShrub

>>>  This is a one-sided distraction from all of the Obama scandals. Heard anything about any of those scandals in the past couple of weeks? Neither have I.   <<<
EXACTLY!!

GWShrub
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GWShrub

I can’t listen to it.  I have to lance a boil on my left butt cheek.  Then I my friend said that he’d give me a free root canal at that time if I came over to his garage.   Then my wife said that she’d give me a free kick in the nuts, so I thought I’d do that, too.

stage9
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stage9

“Are you aware that you are going against the narrative of the US?”
JOIN THE CLUB! WE GO AGAINST IT EVERYDAY HERE, AND THEY DON’T LISTEN TO US EITHER!

kong1967
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kong1967

I hope they release the information soon before it’s too late.  Obama and McCain will ignore it, though, I’m sure.  When politicians have an agenda, facts don’t matter.  Only propaganda they can push does.
Of course, we have to weight the credibility of this guy.  He could be pro-Assad, I originally thought, and making it up.  But he shot that theory down.  He is not pro-Assad and he was actually supporting the FSA that he heard it from.  He has no motive, and it actually goes against his position.  I believe him.

yazz55
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yazz55

Walid Shoebat
Yossef Bodansky
… now this
And I’m sure that there are others who’ve reported that its the alqeda fighters in Syria use chemical weapons.

Please connect the dots.

Laurel
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Laurel

I’m not surprised because there is no motivation for Assad to use the chemical weapons. While Assad is no peach by any means he doesn’t quite rise to the same sadistic level of Saddam.
This whole thing…to quote HC…requires a willing suspension of belief.
And why support the rebels anyway?! They have proven themselves by far and away worse than Assad. When given a choice between bad and worse refuse to choose either.

whoisjohngalt58
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whoisjohngalt58

Wow. US intel failure again? who’d a thunk it..

Psalm14_1a
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Psalm14_1a

clockwindingdown Rshill7 Not to mention hoping to defund Obama”care”…

HCTUB
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HCTUB

Who can we believe . It sure as hell is not Pinocchio . I think it’s time for him to leave .

deTocqueville1
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deTocqueville1

c4pfan They might have some spilced together You Tube vids.

sjmom
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sjmom

This would confirm what Bodansky said. Only question I have is was Obama complicit and if so can it be proven because it would be classified as treason under American law? We need the truth.

deTocqueville1
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deTocqueville1

What a shocker!!!!!

Rshill7
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Rshill7

Oh great. Links not working again. Link directs you right back here. Sorry, not my fault. Perfectly good link. Just copy and paste it into your browser if you want to read it.

Stehekin912
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Stehekin912

You are very brave to listen to the speech.

New West
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New West

It has always been known that AlQueda has Sarin gas. This admin knows it and it is a set up to remove Assad and have MB take over!!!

LIBERTYUSA
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LIBERTYUSA

… I can hardly wait for Dear Leader Obama’s speech tonight to get the truth . NOT .”

clockwindingdown
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clockwindingdown

Rshill7 
Correct we are almost pass the anniversary of 9/11, once that has passed we can drop this line of distraction and MOVE-ON to some other drummed distraction for the next slight of hand PHONY SCANDAL to distract the masses while continuing Our Countries CONTROLLED DECLINE…

c4pfan
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c4pfan

Nothing to back it up?  Then I wouldn’t even bother with him.

E Lee Zimmerman
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E Lee Zimmerman

Let me be the first to screech, “What difference does it make now?!?!”

Rshill7
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Rshill7

The Germans intercepted phone calls showing that Assad repeatedly denied field a requests to use chemical weapons.

So, no real evidence Assad used these weapons that any of us has been shown. Lots of evidence he did not. Yet John Kerry keeps lying about it. Jumping to unwarranted conclusions and proclaiming them as fact. He mentions many horror scenarios of what might happen if we do nothing. He mentions none of the scenarios of what might happen if we bomb them. 
This is a one-sided distraction from all of the Obama scandals. Heard anything about any of those scandals in the past couple of weeks? Neither have I. 
Mission, partially accomplished. Now Mr. Obama, give that order to stand down. This time it would be a good order.

Bill in Tennessee
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Bill in Tennessee

Doesn’t matter, DOESN’T MATTER… Pres. PeeBo Mudflap obama-nation is busy, BUSY I tells ya’, tryin’ ta’ get hesself and the nation out of this pickle that was created by… uh, by…. well, by Pres. PeeBo Mudflap obama-nation.  Don’t try to confuse the poor sap with facts, mm-kay?  Just keep these pesky FACTS to yerself, m-kay, and we’ll all get through this together….m-kay?

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