After WW2 NATO was created and organised a terrorist network called Gladio. This network ran terrorist plots that were blamed on left-leaning organisations to swing Europe against leftist politics.
In 1978, an Italian politician called Aldo Moro was kidnapped and then killed. Moro was arranging for communists to enter the Italian government. Webster Tarpley was asked by the Italian parliament to investigate the death of Aldo Moro. Tarpley found that NATO's Gladio network was behind the kidnapping and murder of Moro.
Here is Webster Tarpley discussing Moro and Gladio:
One man sent to Italy to 'help' during this kidnapping was Steve Pieczenik.
Note that Moro's widow stated that Henry Kissinger had threatened Moro's life.
But we find in the book, "Gladio: NATO's Dagger in the Heart of Europe":
Pieczenik then wrote: 'We had to sacrifice Aldo Moro to maintain the stability of Europe'. This was the identical refrain of Andreotti and Cossiga. It meant Moro's fate turned solely on keeping communists out of government in Rome - Carter's chief objective and that of every president before and since. If freed Moro might start his bothersome campaign all over again. In 1997, when Senator Giovanni Pellegrino convened his parliamentary committee of inquiry into the anni di piombo, he summoned Pieczenik as a star witness. Pieczenik at first agreed and then begged off, under pressure from the State Department and probably the CIA. There were bound to be many difficult questions. In his 2008 book, Pieczenik let slip an important clue, that in the fourth week of Moro's captivity the 'US had to instrumentalise the Red Brigades'. It could be taken to mean goading them into action, or having Moro killed (as we see in a moment), with the blame then thrown upon the Brigades. But the book implied that the ultimate decision on Moro's fate was made as much in Washington as Rome.
And in an article in the Daily Telegraph:
Steve Pieczenik, an international crisis manager and hostage negotiator in the State Department, said that Moro had been "sacrificed" for the "stability" of Italy.
...Moro's widow, Eleonora, later said Henry Kissinger had warned her husband against his strategy. "You will pay dearly for it," he is alleged to have said.
Mr Pieczenik said he was part of a "crisis committee" headed by Francesco Cossiga, the interior minister.
Moro was held for 54 days. Mr Pieczenik said the committee was jolted into action by the fear that Moro would reveal state secrets in an attempt to free himself.
A false statement, attributed to the Red Brigades, was leaked saying that Moro was dead.
Mr Pieczenick said that this had a dual purpose; to prepare the Italian public for the worst, and to let the Red Brigades know that the state would not negotiate for Moro, and considered him already dead.
The following month, Moro was shot and placed in the back of a car in central Rome, midway between the headquarters of the Communist Party and the Christian Democrats.
In a documentary on French television last weekend, Mr Cossiga admitted the committee had taken the decision to release the false statement.
[source : US envoy admits role in Aldo Moro killing, Daily Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1581425/US-envoy-admits-role-in-Aldo-Moro-killing.html, 11th March 2008]
That false statement may well have convinced the Brigades that Moro was a worthless hostage so they might as well kill him because if freed then he could lead the Italian police to them.
So what was Pieczenik's precise role in all this NATO Gladio/kidnap/murder?
Let's put this together:
1. NATO organised the Gladio network to stop leftists by running terror plots blamed on leftists;
2. Aldo Moro was arraging for Communists to enter the Italian government, which prompted Kissinger to threaten Moro;
3. Moro is kidnapped by a member of the Gladio network;
4. US State Dept 'expert' Steve Pieczenik was sent to 'help';
5. but Moro is murdered.
And recall that it was Donald Trump's "greatest friend" Roy Cohn to whom Kissinger turned when Kissinger wanted Lyndon LaRouche destroyed/killed.