Fox News 'Swedish national security advisor' has no links to authorities

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 26, 2017

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.

Nils Bildt - who is unknown to Swedish authorities and also has a criminal conviction in the United States - was billed by Conservative American television station Fox News as a "Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor".

"We have no spokesman by that name", Marie Pisäter, of the Defense Ministry, told Dagens Nyheter.

Bildt told reporters he hasn't misrepresented himself.

Bildt appeared on the Fox News channel on Thursday, where he was interviewed by one of the station's most prominent presenters, Bill O'Reilly.

"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", David Tabacoff, The O'Reilly Factor's executive producer, told the Washington Post.

The newspaper reported that Bildt came to the USA from Sweden in 1994. The "security advisor" is reported to own a number of security firms in the US. In 2014, Bildt was convicted for assaulting a law enforcement officer and threatening an official by the Arlington General District Court in Virginia, and given a one-year prison sentence.

Bildt, whose adopted last name is the same as that of Sweden's former prime minister, Carl Bildt, a relentless critic of Donald Trump, told Dagens Nyheter by email that he is "an independent analyst based in the United States of America". "I had no personal control over what title they chose", Bildt wrote.

In his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Trump reiterated his claim that immigration from Muslim-majority countries had compromised security in Sweden, even though the Fox News segment that he cited as evidence earlier in the week was widely debunked as inaccurate in the Swedish media.

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