London: After initial denial, the far-right
English Defence League (EDL) has admitted that Norwegian mass
killer Anders Behring Breivik had links to the group.
Breivik reportedly met leaders of the EDL in March last
year when he came to London for the visit of Geert Wilders,
the Dutch right-wing politician.
Daryl Hobson, who organises EDL demonstrations, said
Breivik had met members of the group.
Hobson said in an online posting: "He had about 150 EDL
on his list ... bar one or two doubt the rest of us ever met
him, altho [sic] he did come over for one of our demo [sic] in
2010 ... but what he did was wrong. RIP to all who died as a
result of his actions."
Another senior member of the EDL said Breivik had been in
regular contact with its members via Facebook, and had a
"hypnotic" effect on them, the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
Scotland Yard was investigating Breivik`s claims that he
began his deadly "crusade" after being recruited to a secret
society in London, and that he was guided by an English
Prime Minister David Cameron said Breivik`s claims were
being taken "extremely seriously."
Breivik wrote of having strong links with the EDL, saying
he had met its leaders and had 600 EDL members as Facebook
Another senior member of the EDL, who spoke to The Daily
Telegraph on condition of anonymity, said he understood
Breivik had met EDL leaders when he came to Britain to hear
Wilders speak in London last year.
He said: "I spoke to him a few times on Facebook and he
is extremely intelligent and articulate and very affable.
"He is someone who can project himself very well and I
presume there would be those within the EDL who would be quite
taken by that. It`s like Hitler, people said he was hypnotic.
This guy had the same sort of effect."
Breivik compiled a 1,518-page document, written in
English under his Anglicised name Andrew Berwick, in which he
made repeated references to his British links and in
particular his links to the EDL.
He wrote: "I used to have more than 600 EDL members as
Facebook friends and have spoken with tens of EDL members and
leaders. In fact, I was one of the individuals who supplied
them with processed ideological material (including rhetorical
strategies) in the very beginning."
The EDL had earlier stated on its website that it had no
links to Breivik.