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Bill O'Reilly says criticism over Swedish 'national security adviser' is valid - Feb. 27, 2017Bill O'Reilly says criticism over Swedish 'national security adviser' is valid
Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly has acknowledged that his show erred in seeking expert advice from a man who falsely identified himself as a Swedish national security adviser.
O'Reilly last week interviewed a man calling himself Nils Bildt during a segment on refugees in Sweden. Bildt, who was billed as a "Swedish defense and national security adviser," largely backed a narrative promoted by President Trump that portrays asylum seekers as being responsible for an increase in violent crimes in the country.
"We are unable in Sweden to socially integrate these people," Bildt said of refugees. "These things are not being openly and honestly discussed."
Just one problem: Nobody in the Swedish government has ever heard of Bildt.
"This is not a person who is known to [the government]," said Catarina Axelsson, a press officer at Sweden's foreign ministry.
Marinette Nyh Radebo, a spokeswoman for Sweden's defense ministry, said Bildt has never worked for the Swedish government or the country's armed forces.
Johan Wiktorin, the CEO of a strategic intelligence company in Sweden, tweeted that he's "never heard of [Bildt] before... he's not known in our circles as an expert."
I guess the question begs to be asked...who planted this person?