Chief of Norway’s intelligence police, PST, Janne Kristiansen says that Anders Behring Breivik was not extreme in his views on the internet. She would rather call him a moderate.

Her statement is an embarrasment for the media who since Friday has made a big fuzz about Behring Breivik’s writings on the net, amongst others this website.

Her dismissal of his opinions as almost moderate suggests that the media employs guilt by association by deliberate design.

In an interview with the newspaper VG, Kristiansen reveals that they had an eye on Breivik after he was on a list of people bying sensitive chemicals from Poland. But his name was put on hold, there was no reason to put him under surveillance: his behaviour on the net did not give reason for concern.

– He may have had a few breaches of traffic rules on his record. But he has deliberately arranged his life so as not to draw the attention of the police. He has also deliberately desisted from violent exhortations on the net. He has more or less been a moderate, and has neither been part of any extremist network. He had registered weapon, and was member of a pistol club, Kristiansen enumerates to VG.

The most surprising is that he has managed to live like this for such a long time. Everything he did, he had a legitimate reason for. It had raised an alarm if I had bought a few tons of fertilizer, but not if a farmer does, she adds.