July 26th, 2011
08:56 AM ET

Attorney: Norway suspect surprised he succeeded in alleged attacks

Norwegian massacre suspect Anders Behring Breivik was "a little bit surprised" that he was able to pull off a bombing and shooting rampage in which he is accused of killing 76 people in total, his lawyer said Tuesday.

His client was surprised that his plan "succeeded - succeeded in his mind," attorney Geir Lippestad told a news conference, adding that Breivik had not expected he would reach Utoya island, where he is accused of shooting 68 people dead on Friday.

Lippestad said it was too early to say if Breivik will plead insanity. Asked if his client was insane, he responded: "Yes, he may be."

Lippestad said it was "very difficult" to describe Breivik's manner - "he is not like anyone."

Breivik says he was in touch with two terror cells in Norway and in contact with other cells abroad, his attorney said, but that he acted alone in carrying out the attack on Utoya and the bombing in Oslo, in which eight people died.

"He says there are several cells around the western world, where I do not know," Lippestad said. Breivik is cooperating with police inquiries, "but he won't talk about the other cells," he added.

His client considers himself to be "in a war," Lippestad said.

Breivik also used some kind of drugs before the attacks on Friday that were designed to keep him strong and awake, his attorney said.

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  1. Randall Strain

    I would say stop paying congress, and the senate, but they stuff their pockets with so much from special interest that it wouldn't even effect them.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. mikey from oz

    Sounds like he took meth and is now coming down.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. michaelfury


    July 26, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. CNN Wire

    For all of us who did not know it, we can now see just what happen when, these persons who are white, christains, hate muslems are sent by the west to spread democrocy in the arab world! Oh wow....and the thing is, these mad guys/girls (remember ab grab prison) are not just boots on the ground, but also in the team of planners sending the troops off to war! Wow oh wow! So then what goes around, comes around, full circle. Sorry Norway, we all grive with you, please remember to greave with them when you see children, women and old people on TV crying when their papas are killed, just trying to defend their homelands. They are deffrent, but humans just the same.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. DerpDiggler

    Wow, he sure did beat Seung-Hui Cho's high score! 🙂

    It's a newwww record!! 😀

    July 26, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Beatrice

    He should get execution. Norway should shake off their naive stupidity at this point.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • THThite

      America keeps so many people alive in prisons that have deserved to die for years and years. Only sandmonkey countries have insta-execution in their laws, and everyone thinks their so terrible, yet we desire the same thing.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rudi

    What is wrong with news media today? It has become nothing but a forum for position statements, boisterous and outraged sound bites and (in my view) worthless reporting on people who do nothing.
    Glen Beck’s statement comparing the camp in Norway to Nazi youth camps is unbelievable. But his statement makes the news. Why? This will only encourage others to discuss this in well crafted sound bites that will further enflame other media types to jump on the bandwagon. The next big question will be; could it happen here? This will certainly invoke fear in many people and provide another opportunity for the “experts” to disagree and what we are doing wrong.
    Your poll concerning the debt limit crisis was also misleading. I believe it went something like this.
    What should be done to solve the debt crisis?
    Obama should follow his course.
    Obama should compromise with the Republicans (Boehner).
    It was no surprise that over 60% responded that Obama should compromise. This already makes Obama look like he is unwilling to compromise.

    A neutral question could have;
    What should be done to solve the debt crisis?
    Obama should follow his course.
    Boehner should follow his course.
    Obama and Boehner should compromise to solve the crisis.
    I am confident that nearly 60% or more would answer that both sides should compromise.

    Is it really important and newsworthy that the Lohans or Kardashians are having or recovering from a family crisis?
    I could cite more examples but will stop here.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. pam baird

    AGAIN...wake up america...you really believe "the news" we are becoming drugged, sheep following , "drugged leaders"....Be responsible for you...speak out...oops! your dead democracy my ass

    July 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Smith Poul

    Breivik is a really crazy guy. How could he do that? He takes 76 innocent people life. He should be punished for his crime. Thanks for this article allocation.
    Tucson attorneys

    July 27, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |