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PST denies Breivik knowledge. NEWS IN BRIEF: The Police Security Service has responded to criticism about their handling of Interpol information involving Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik was flagged as part of “Project Global Shield” following his purchase of chemicals from a Polish company. He used these as part of his homemade fertiliser bomb that exploded outside Norwegian government headquarters on 22 July. Norwegian customs, who also participated in the international operation, had conducted a check regarding international currency transactions. It revealed Breivik was one of approximately 60 others who had bought chemicals from the company. They passed the details on to the PST, who did nothing.

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PST denies Breivik knowledge

Published on Saturday, 27th August, 2011 at 12:25 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 30th November 2011 at 20:12.

NEWS IN BRIEF: The Police Security Service has responded to criticism about their handling of Interpol information involving Anders Behring Breivik.

Janne Kristiansen, Head of PST
Janne Kristiansen, Head of PST
Photo: PST/Flickr


Breivik was flagged as part of “Project Global Shield” following his purchase of chemicals from a Polish company. He used these as part of his homemade fertiliser bomb that exploded outside Norwegian government headquarters on 22 July.

Norwegian customs, who also participated in the international operation, had conducted a check regarding international currency transactions. It revealed Breivik was one of approximately 60 others who had bought chemicals from the company. They passed the details on to the PST, who did nothing.

Head of the organisation, Janne Kristiansen, has since answered this accusation in a press release, saying, “The PST received the information from customs about an individual in Norway who had purchased goods from a named firm in Poland that sells chemicals, amongst other things, as part of the report. The actual person was not Anders Behring Breivik.” Jon Fitje, PST head of analysis, said they looked upon the information as surplus.

Ms Kristiansen told VG, “He [Breivik] deliberately structured his life to avoid political attention. He has also deliberately structured his online statements to be non-violent, almost appearing as moderate, and has not been part of any extremist network.”

Swedish terror expert Magnus Ranstrop has also criticised the PST for not crosschecking the information against the national gun license register.

“Breivik would then have appeared as registered with semi-automatic weapons. Combining this information with the fact that he bought fertiliser could have meant he was discovered because his name would have stood out.”

“He had a semi-automatic weapon, but was a member of a pistol club,” said Janne Kristiansen, though not specifically in reply to Mr Ranstrop's statements.



Published on Saturday, 27th August, 2011 at 12:25 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 30th November 2011 at 20:12.

This post has the following tags: jannekristiansen, andersbehringbreivik, projectglobalshield.





  
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