Massacre gunman Anders Breivik is insane and appears to have no idea of the worldwide revulsion at his acts, his lawyer has said.
Geir Lippestrad spoke after talking in jail to Breivik who told him he thought his 'operation' was going to plan and asked how many people he had killed. He revealed Breivik took drugs to be "strong, efficient and awake" before launching his Oslo bomb attack and island shooting rampage that together killed 76 people.
Mr Lippestrad described Breivik, 32, as a 'very cold' person who described the attacks as necessary because he was in a state of war. Breivik has confessed to the attacks but pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, claiming he acted to save Europe from what he says is Muslim colonisation.
Mr Lippestad said that he did not answer Breivik's question about the death toll. "He asked me if was if I was shocked and if I could explain to him what happened," Mr Lippestad said. "He didn't know if he had succeeded with his plan."
But Mr Lippestad said Breivik felt the operation was going ahead as planned and had assumed that he would have been stopped by police sooner than he was. About 90 minutes into his rampage, a SWAT team reached him, and he surrendered.
While Breivik says he acted alone, and police believe he did not have any accomplices, he claimed that several cells of his terror organisation exist abroad, including two in Norway.
Two psychiatric experts will evaluate Breivik to determine whether he is mentally ill, said Mr Lippestad, adding that it was too early to say whether that will be his defence. "This whole case has indicated that he's insane," he said.
Earlier, Norway's justice minister Knut Storberget defended the police in response to a question about the mounting admissions of mistakes.
Norwegian police have also begun releasing the names of those killed in last week's bomb blast and massacre at the youth camp, an announcement likely to bring new collective grief to an already reeling nation.
Police named the first four of 76 people killed. The first release of names listed three who were killed in the bomb blast in Oslo's government quarter and one killed at the island youth camp. Ages ranged from 23 to 61.