Swedish blogger inspired Norway terrorist: report

Portions of Anders Behring Breivik’s “manifesto” were previously posted on an anti-Muslim Swedish blog, according to report in the Swedish media.

Swedish blogger inspired Norway terrorist: report
Norwegian flags and flowers are in Sundvollen, close to Utoya island

The 1500-page manifesto, entitled “2083 – A European Declaration of Independence” has been dubbed “a terrorist’s handbook” and was sent by 32-year-old Breivik to a number of far-right groups shortly before the bomb attack in Oslo and chilling massacre on Utøya which left more than 70 people dead last Friday.

A review of the documents by the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper using Urkund, a program used to detect plagiarism in academia, revealed that much of the document could have been pieced together from Europe’s extreme right-wing blogs, including one of Sweden’s most vehemently anti-Muslim blogs.

Material in the manifesto had been previously published in January 2010 on the anti-Muslim blog, which has been described by the Expo Foundation as one of the largest in Sweden containing content that occasionally turns into pure violent rhetoric.

The portions taken from the Swedish blog are presented in the form of a research report that demonstrates how Muslims are taking over society as their population percentage rises.

The blogger, whose identity is unknown and who uses a pseudonym, admitted to SvD thagt he spread the information and is proud to have contributed to the manifesto.

“Unlike the cowardly, creeping Sweden Democrats, who are now trying to wash their two hands of it, I declare that I am certainly proud to be able to provide material against Islamisation,” he told the newspaper.

In a separate report, Nick Lowles, editor of the anti-fascist magazine ‘Searchlight’ who has studied right-wing activities for decades, claimed he had evidence that Breivik’s extremist views may have developed while he spent time in Sweden.

“It seems that much of his political development may have occurred while he was living in Sweden. Websites that he visited while in Sweden are much more extreme,” Lowles told Norwegian TV2,

The Swedish security service Säpo was reportedly surprised to learn that Breivik may have lived in Sweden.

“We did not know that. It sounds very interesting. We will look at it tomorrow (Friday). We will follow up on that information,” Säpo spokesperson Thomas Engberg, told the Expressen newspaper


Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

Prosecutors in Sweden are now treating the murder at the Almedalen political festival as a terror crime, with the country's Säpo security police taking over the investigation.

Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

In a press release issued on Monday evening, the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said that the 32-year-old attacker, Theodor Engström, was now suspected of the crime of “terrorism through murder”, and also “preparation for a terror crime through preparation for murder”. 

Engström stabbed the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren last Wednesday as she was on her way to moderate a seminar at the Almedalen political festival on the island of Gotland. 

Although he was a former member of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, police said his motive seemed to be to protest against Sweden’s psychiatry services, who he felt had treated his own mental illness badly. 

The release gave no details as to why the 32-year-old was now being investigated for a more serious crime, but terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told the Expressen newspaper that the shift indicated that police had uncovered new evidence. 

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“The new crime classification means that they’ve either found a political motive for the attack which meets the threshold for terrorism, and that might be a political motive for murdering Ing-Marie Wieselgren,” he said. “Or they might have discovered that he was scouting out a politician, or another target that could be considered political.” 

Engström’s defence lawyer said last week that his client, who he described as disturbed and incoherent, had spoken in police interrogations of having “a higher-up target”.