The shooter behind the New Zealand mosque attacks sent his manifesto outlining his sick philosophy to government officials and media outlets less than 10 minutes before the attack that killed 49 people, according to a report.
The New Zealand Herald said the 16,500-word screed was sent to the New Zealand Prime Minister, the country’s National Leader, as well as domestic and international media. However, it did not mention his plans for the mass shooting.
The revelation is the latest news that showed how large a role technology played in shooter Brenton Tarrant’s planning of his crime, which was live streamed via Facebook. He also posted on the 8-chan message board.
Tarrant outlined his reasoning for the terrorist attacks in the 74-page document sent to officials and media.
“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 New Zealand government spokesperson said. Instead, the manifesto said actions were “revenge” for worldwide Islamic terror attacks.