Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik hailed the far-right English Defence League as "a blessing", it has been revealed as his lawyer said the killer is probably insane.
Just months before the bombing and shooting spree that left 76 dead, Breivik wrote online of his wish to attend English Defence League rallies and how he had visited the UK.
Breivik's lawyer said the gunman appears to have no idea of the worldwide revulsion at his acts adding that the killer took drugs to be "strong, efficient and awake" before launching the attacks.
Breivik has admitted he was behind the bombing in Oslo which killed eight people and the gun rampage at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya Island that left 68 people dead.
Anti-fascist group Searchlight said Breivik was in touch with the EDL's Norweigian counterpart, the NDL, and used the pseudonym Sigurd Jorsalfare, after the 12th century King of Norway who led one of the Crusades.
The gunman, who denies criminal responsibility and entered a not guilty plea at a closed hearing in Oslo, made internet postings on EDL websites, according to the group.
In internet messages Breivik expressed his admiration for the EDL and said he would like to join a demonstration, Searchlight said.
Revealing he visited the West Yorkshire city of Bradford, one post reads: "i've seen with my own eyes what has happened to england, i was in bradford some years ago, me and a friend walked down to the football stadium of bradford, real 'nice' neighborhood, same thing in the suburbs of london.
"well thinking about taking a little trip over the sea and join you in a demo. would be nice with a norwegian flag alongside with union jack or the english flag, that is if a norwegian would be welcome offcourse?"
In another post on an EDL internet forum, dated 9 March 2011, he wrote: "Hello. To you all good English men and women, just wanted to say that you're a blessing to all in Europe, in these dark times all of Europe are looking to you in surch of inspiration, courage and even hope that we might turn this evil trend with islamisation all across our continent."