Fox News claims Swedish unknown Nils Bildt is 'national security advisor'
Feb 26 2017 by Desiree Burns
Neither the Swedish foreign ministry nor ministry of defence have heard of Bildt, who emigrated from the country in 1994, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Commenting on the identification issue, Bildt said that the title was chosen by a Fox News editor.
A man interviewed by Bill O'Reilly of Fox News this week, who was identified in an on-screen caption as a "Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor", turns out to be entirely unknown in his native country, with no connections to either the nation's defense or security services.
Nevertheless, when Bildt was asked by O'Reilly to respond to comments from Anne-Sofie Näslund, a USA correspondent for the newspaper Expressen who disputed the Fox News host's claim that a recent rise in violent crime in Sweden was caused by an "influx" of refugees from Muslim nations, he confidently dismissed her fact-driven argument. Calls to Swedish officials Saturday weren't immediately returned. His bio speaks to expertise on defence and national security issues, saying his experience includes serving as a naval officer, working for a Japanese official and writing books on issues ranging from investment and political climates to security issues in working in hostile environments. "He is in not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish debate", Swedish Defense University leadership professor Robert Egnell told the Associated Press.
The segment on Thursday also featured a U.S. correspondent for the Swedish "Expressen" newspaper, Anne-Sofie Naslund.
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"Our booker made numerous inquiries and spoke to people who recommended Nils Bildt and after pre-interviewing him and reviewing his bio, we agreed that he would make a good guest for the topic that evening", the executive producer of show, David Tabacoff, told the Post.
In what will now be must-see TV, Fox News said O'Reilly would address the matter on his Monday show - which you can be sure will receive far less attention than initial reports that Bildt is an impostor.
"Had I spent a year in prison, I would think I would remember it", he said.
Nils Bildt told news outlets he's a US-based independent analyst and Fox News chose its description of him. Cars were set on fire and shops looted, and one policeman was slightly injured.