The “perfect knight” Norwegian terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik said he met at a 2002 London initiation ceremony of the Knights Templar is English Defence League financier and political controller Alan Lake, according to a self-proclaimed “founding father” of the group.
“[....] Now the penny has finally dropped on who the most likely person is, who ‘Richard’ the English mentor of Anders Breivik is,” writes English Defence League founder Paul Ray, on his blog Lionheart UK. “EDL’s financier and political controller Alan Lake.”
As previously reported, Breivik wrote in a 1,500-page manifesto he released before going on Friday’s killing spree that he met a man he calls Richard and describes as a “perfect Knight” at the April 2002 meeting in London.
“The order is to serve as an armed Indigenous Rights Organisation and as a Crusader Movement,” Breivik wrote, claiming that group consisted of a handful of “successful entrepreneurs, business or political leaders” from the European right.
The writings prompted Scotland Yard to launch a probe into possible British accomplices of the terrorist attack, which killed 76.
Ray, who calls himself one of “the founding fathers” of the right-wing English Defence League, and was arrested three years ago for “inciting racial hatred” with his blog. He writes under the penname “Lionheart,” named after King Richard I, who earned the name Lionheart for commanding armies as a teenager during the Third Crusade.
Anti-Jihadist blog The Gates of Vienna wrote sympathetically about Ray on December 29, 2009, listing him as one of the “Heroes of the Counterjihad.”
The UK Daily Telegraph identified Ray as the blogger Lionheart on Monday. Ray denied any involvment in right-wing politics, knowing Breivik or even writing a blog. When reporters showed him a picture of himself with the caption “Lionheart,” Ray replied, “that isn’t me.”
Possibly scared that he would be pinned as the “Richard” praised by Breivik in his manifesto, Ray has sought to condemn the terrorist killings and distance himself from any percieved associatations with the accused.
“I might be a Christian fundamentalist who has a deep dislike for Islamic fundamentalism who looks to Templarism as an example, but anyone who knows me knows that I personally would play no part in such inhumane savagery that has no place in the civilised world,” Ray wrote on Monday night.
Ray lays out a full indictment of Alan Lake on his blog, posting video links to a speech the right-winger gave in Norway back in October 2009, and an interview he gave “for a documentary there which puts him clearly at the scene of the crime.”
“Not only that, his [Lake's] murderous ideals are there for all to see when he says that he would execute those who believe in sharia law,” Ray writes, providing linkage to prove his accusation.
“All arrows point towards Alan Lake, and all circumstantial evidence points towards Alan Lake,” Ray claims.
Ray’s accusation may also be a bit of payback. In the blog post, Ray claims Lake usurped power from him “as soon as my back was turned and I was out of the Country [sic]” and changed the direction of the group into a more destructive one.