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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly responds to Nils Bildt mystery

American show The O'Reilly Factor says criticism directed at it for billing an unknown Swede as a Swedish defence and national security advisor is valid.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly responds to Nils Bildt mystery
Nils Bildt, left, and Bill O'Reilly. Photo: Screenshot & AP Photo/Richard Drew

Nils Bildt, who was unknown to both the Swedish foreign and defence ministries, was billed by Fox as a “Swedish Defence and National Security Advisor”.

Bildt later told Swedish media that it was Fox News, not himself, who chose the official-sounding job description. Previously named Tolling, he is understood to have left Sweden in 1994 and changed his surname in 2003. He owns a security firm in the US and has previously run a similar firm in Japan.

Addressing the incident in a new episode of The O'Reilly Factor on Monday night, host Bill O'Reilly insisted that both sides of the debate had been presented, but admitted that its critics had made a valid point.

“Now, we looked into the situation and the criticism is valid. It's valid,” he said.

“Mr Bildt does consulting work on terrorism, that's true – but we should have clarified that he had no direct role with the Swedish government. To be fair, the information we gave you in the segment was accurate but in hindsight a more relevant guest should have been used on the anti-immigrant side.”

“You should also know that before the segment was booked we asked the Swedish Ambassador to appear, he declined. That invitation stands,” he added.

A transcript of his comments was also e-mailed to The Local by Fox News after the show aired.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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