A right-wing Belgian politician said Wednesday he was shocked and dismayed to learn he had been sent an email by the perpetrator of the Norway massacre shortly before a powerful bomb exploded in Oslo.
Tanguy Veys, a member parliament for the anti-immigration Belgian Vlaams Belang party, said Wednesday he had never met nor even heard of Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted carrying out the bombing and shootings that killed at least 76 people in Norway.
So receiving the email was a setback, he said.
"I was connected with a terrorist act, and I didn't want to be connected with a terrorist act," Veys said.
The email, with Breivik's 1,500-page manifesto of three books attached, was sent Friday, about 90 minutes before the bomb went off.
Veys said the email _ written in English _ went to about 1,000 addresses.
Other recipients may have been less shocked. One email address on the list led to a Facebook site ostensibly for an Italian whose profile picture included Nazi emblems and a skull. As the person's only interest, the page listed "firearms."
Another of the addresses led to the site of a man who claimed to be a member of the anti-immigration British National Party.
Breivik's email began with the salutation, "Western European patriot" and described the attached manifesto as dealing with "the ongoing Islamification of Western Europe," and "how we, the cultural conservative resistance, should move forward in the coming decades."
"I humbly ask you to re-distribute the book to as many patriotic minded individuals as you can," the email said, in part. "I am 100 percent certain that the distribution of this compendium to a large portion of European patriots will contribute to ensure our victory in the end. Because within these three books lies the tools required to win the ongoing Western European cultural war, the war against the anti-European hate ideology known as multiculturalism."
It was signed, "Sincere and patriotic regards, Andrew Berwick, London, England - 2011."
The attached manifesto detailed what Breivik perceived as the "Islamification of Europe." But it also included a section that illustrates how minutely detailed his plans were _ and that helps explain the peculiar appearance of the photographs of him that have surfaced so far.
Breivik wrote that some of the resources of those who agree with him should be devoted to getting good, professionally shot photographs of themselves, after which all other photos should be deleted.
"The police usually 'leak' 'retarded looking' photos to the press after raiding the cells apartment after an operation," he wrote.
Those involved in the struggle, he wrote, should prepare for photo shoots by working out, resting in a solarium, getting a haircut, and shaving.
"Visit a male salon if possible and apply light makeup," he wrote. "Yes, I know - this might sound repulsive to big badass warriors like us, but we must look our best for the shoot."
Veys' party says there's been enough immigration in Belgium and it needs to be strictly limited. It also says immigrants already in the country should be enticed to return to their country of origin.
"I think Europe _ we have Jewish and Christian roots. These are our origins. I see that Islam is not compatible with the origins of Europe," he said Wednesday.
But he said his party was dismayed to have found itself as one of the recipients of Breivik's email.
"We have never called up for violence, and certainly what happened in Norway we deeply regret what happened over there. You can't defend it, you can't even sympathize with his motivation, with his action," Veys said.
He said he thought Breivik was deranged and had acted alone. Yet he feared the debate on immigration might now be viewed through the lens of Breivik's murders.
"Even now I read in the articles: the bullets came from the right," Veys said. "I think people still must be able to criticize multiculturalism, to criticize the growth of Islam in Europe but without (others) saying, 'But you are causing the violence.'"