Attorney: Oslo suspect sees self as ‘savior’
OSLO, Norway — The suspect in the bombing and mass shooting that killed 76 people in Norway sees himself as ‘‘some kind of savior’’ and is likely insane, his attorney said Tuesday, though the lawyer said he did not know whether he would use an insanity defense.
Geir Lippestad said his client, Anders Behring Breivik, is unaware of the impact of the attacks and asked him how many people he had killed. Lippestad said he did not answer the question.
In an exclusive AP interview, Breivik’s former stepmother said she had never seen any violent or anti-Muslim behavior from him, even in recent months. Tove Oevermo told The Associated Press that Breivik often talked about a book he had quit working to write — without revealing that it was a 1,500-page anti-immigrant manifesto justifying Friday’s attacks.
Breivik, 32, has confessed to last week’s bombing at government headquarters in Oslo and a shooting rampage at an island retreat, but has pleaded not guilty.
Official sorry over Mexican gun debacle
WASHINGTON — An official of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives apologized Tuesday and told Congress he shares responsibility for mistakes in carrying out a controversial law enforcement operation in Arizona that resulted in high-powered weapons flowing into Mexico.
William McMahon, the head of ATF’s Western region, testified that the agency had good intentions when it launched Operation Fast and Furious in 2009. But McMahon said that looking back, there are things ATF would have done differently.
McMahon, the highest-ranking ATF official to testify publicly about the operation, said he failed to keep close enough track of the investigation in Arizona. Fast and Furious focused on several Phoenix area gun shops and sought to develop cases against gunrunning ring leaders who had eluded previous tactics.
Kosovo PM backs police
PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s Prime Minister has defended an order for his special police to take control of two contested border crossings with Serbia, saying it was ‘‘the right decision’’ despite condemnation from the European Union.
Hashim Thaci said the operation in which a member of the police unit died and four others were slightly injured was a ‘‘concrete step in establishing the rule of law’’ in the volatile north.