IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Official: Norway shooter likely had surgery to look more Aryan

Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old Norwegian man who admitted killing 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage, likely had work done to alter his appearance, an intelligence official suggested.
"You do not have that Aryan look naturally in Norway," an intelligence official explained. "Hitler would have had him on posters. He has the perfect, classic Aryan face. He must have had a facelift."
"You do not have that Aryan look naturally in Norway," an intelligence official explained. "Hitler would have had him on posters. He has the perfect, classic Aryan face. He must have had a facelift."Twitter
/ Source: msnbc.com news services

Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old Norwegian man who admitted killing 77 people in a bomb attack and shooting rampage, likely had work done to alter his appearance, an intelligence official suggested.

Janne Kristiansen, head of the Norwegian Police Security Service, told The Sunday Times of London that Breivik's facial structure likely was not natural.

"You do not have that Aryan look naturally in Norway," Kristiansen explained. "Hitler would have had him on posters. He has the perfect, classic Aryan face. He must have had a facelift."

Breivik, who denounced multiculturalism in his online manifesto, claims he carried out the attacks as part of a network of modern-day crusaders — the Knights Templar — to launch a revolution against a Europe spoiled by Muslim immigration, and that there are other cells ready to strike.

According to a report in Britain's Daily Telegraph, Breivik bragged about having plastic surgery 10 years ago to a former school friend.

"I remember we were at a party," Breivik's ex-friend reportedly told the newspaper, "and he told me he had had his nose and chin operated on by a plastic surgeon in America. It was a bit weird, but he was hanging around at that time with a group of people obsessed by their bodies."

Reports of the surgery are emerging as more details of Breivik's life — and his plot — come to light.

A government official says the admitted Norway killer traveled to New Jersey for a week in 2004.

The official said Breivik visited Newark, N.J., for a week in late July 2004 as a tourist. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Norway participates in a U.S. visa-waiver program, and Breivik did not need a visa to travel here.

The FBI has looked into Breivik's U.S. ties, including travel and family, and has not found anything nefarious, though it continues to assist the Norwegians in their investigation.

, Breivik wrote that in his early 20s, he spent a year working alongside a mentor who schooled him in the ways of business and management. The man calls that a bizarre exaggeration, noting that the only thing he taught Breivik was how to record corporate minutes.

Those conflicts between Breivik's account and reality hint at a long thread of delusion winding throughout the 1,518-page manifesto he e-mailed to hundreds of people hours before he set out on a murderous rampage just over a week ago.