Breivik Confesses to Norway Massacre

Suspect published 1,500-page manifesto

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 24, 2011 5:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old right-wing nationalist suspected of killing at least 92 people in Norway on Friday, apparently left behind a 1,500-page manifesto and a 12-minute video detailing his bizarre beliefs, reports the New York Times. The document, titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence” and posted to the Internet hours before the attacks, blasts "multiculturalism" and "Marxism" and provides a detailed daily diary of Breivik's preparations in the months leading up to the attacks. Both his lawyer and police say he has confessed to the attacks, the AP reports.

The manifesto claims that a small group of like-minded militants would “seize political and military control of Western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda," and talks of a London meeting in 2002 to re-form the "Knights Templar" crusading order. “The time for dialogue is over. We gave peace a chance. The time for armed resistance has come," wrote Breivik, predicting a war that would kill or hurt more than 1 million people. Some analysts say the manifesto bears a striking resemblance to the writings of Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders. “It seems to be an attempt to mirror al-Qaeda," but from a Christian rather than Muslim viewpoint, says a Norwegian terrorism expert.

This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011.
This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/via Scanpix)
This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011.
This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/via Scanpix)
This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011.
This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/via Scanpix)
This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011.
This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/via Scanpix)
This is an image from the Twitter page of Anders Behring Breivik, 32, who was arrested July 22, 2011 in connection to the twin attacks on a youth camp and a government building in Oslo, Norway.
This is an image from the Twitter page of Anders Behring Breivik, 32, who was arrested July 22, 2011 in connection to the twin attacks on a youth camp and a government building in Oslo, Norway.   (AP Photo/Twitter, Anders Behring Breivik)
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A repost of a video manifesto created by Anders Behring Breivik, suspected of participating in coordinated terrorist attacks killing more than 90 people on July 22, 2011 in and around Oslo, Norway.   (PublicIntelligence)

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He admitted responsibility. He explained that it was cruel but that he had to go through with these acts. - Geir Lippestad, lawyer for Anders Behring Breivik

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