JNN 29 July 2011 : The terrorist responsible for the mass killing in Norway emailed his 1,500-page document to 250 British contacts less than 90 minutes before he began his attack, according to a Belgian MP.
Anders Behring Breivik sent his manifesto to 1,003 email addresses at 2.09pm on Friday — less than an hour and a half before he detonated a bomb in Oslo.
According to Tanguy Veys MP for the rightwing anti-Muslim party Vlaams Belang, — and one of those who received the document — approximately a quarter of those on the email list were UK-based.
“I think the UK was the biggest group (of recipients),” he told the Guardian last night. “There were people from Italy, France Germany … but the UK was the biggest number.”
Using the name Andrew Berwick, Breivik emailed his manifesto and a link to a YouTube video and addressed each recipient “Western Europe patriot” and wrote: “It is a gift to you … I ask you to distribute it to everyone you know.”
It has been reported that Scotland Yard’s domestic extremism unit, which is investigating Breivik’s British links, has been sent a list of UK-based email addresses although the Met refused to confirm that.
Veys said he had not had any contact with Breivik and condemned his actions.
“Looking through this it seems very difficult to find a criteria for who he sent it to … it is very strange and I am cross I have been associated with him in any way.”
The news of the emails came as anti-racism campaigners in the UK said they believed Breivik may have been in touch with activists from the far-right English Defence League as recently as March.
Searchlight, the anti-fascist magazine, said the 32-year-old used the pseudonym of a 12th-century Norwegian king who led one of the Crusades to communicate with people on an English Defense League forum.
In one posting, on 9 March, the author called on rightwing activists in the UK to “keep up the good work”. The message said: “Hello. To you all good English men and women, just wanted to say that you’re a blessing to all in Europe, in these dark times all of Europe are looking to you in such
[sic] of inspiration, courage and even hope that we might turn this evil trend with illumination all across our continent. Well, just wanted to say keep up the good work it’s good to see others that care about their country and heritage. All the best to you all. Sigurd.”
Breivik boasted about his links to the UK far-right group in his manifesto. He also wrote that he was given the codename “Sigurd (the Crusader)” at a founding meeting of a group called the Knights Templar Europe in London in 2002. There is no confirmation that the author is Breivik. Sigurd is a common name in Norway.