Christchurch terrorist sent manifesto to New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern's office minutes before mosque attacks
Brenton Tarrant posted the manifesto online and also sent it to other politicians as well as 70 media houses just 10 minutes before the terror attack
The gunman in the Friday New Zealand terror attacks sent out his manifesto to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Office, National leader Simon Bridges and Parliament's Speaker Trevor Mallard as well as 70 other media houses just 10 minutes before the terror attack, NZ Herald has reported.
The PMO confirmed they received a copy of the chilling manifesto, before Brenton Tarrant went on a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch, killing 49.
"The mail was setting his reasons for doing it. He didn't say this is what I am about to do. There was no opportunity to stop it," a spokesperson for Ardern told the publication.
The email was sent to Arden's generic account and not her personal one. The account, managed by Ardern's office, is said to have followed standard procedure and referred it to Parliamentary security who then took it to the police.
"It does not set out what he was about to do. It was written as if it had occurred, to explain what obviously was about to play out," the spokesperson also added.
The manifesto, called 'The Great Replacement', was posted online on the morning of the day Tarrant went on a shooting spree at the two mosques during prayer time. It contains anti-immigration and anti-Muslim sentiments and white supremacist beliefs. In the document, Tarrant not only talked about why he wanted to carry out the attack but also mentioned his inspirations behind the same.
In the manifesto, he has said that he was inspired to carry out the attack after reading about the Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik. He makes a reference to the Knights Templar, an extremist Christian group from the 12th century when mentioning Breivik.
He also mentioned why he picked New Zealand for the terror attack. "An attack in New Zealand would bring to attention the truth of the assault on our civilization, that no where (sic) in the world was safe, the invaders were in all of our lands, even in the remotest areas of the world and that there was no where (sic) left to go that was safe and free from mass immigration."
In the 73-page manifesto, mostly ramblings written in question and answer format, he describes himself as "just a regular White man" from "a working class, low-income family … who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people".
Tarrant filmed the shooting live on Facebook for 17 minutes. At least 49 people are believed to have been killed in the attack, with up to 20 also in hospital in serious condition.