A medical report confirms prominent Islam expert Robert Spencer’s claim that he was drugged by an Icelander in the island nation’s capital after giving a speech on Islam and the future of European culture.
As WND reported, Spencer believes someone who recognized him at the restaurant where he dined after the speech last Thursday approached him, declaring himself to be a fan, and slipped drugs in his drink.
Spencer said that about 15 minutes later, when he returned to his hotel room, “I began to feel numbness in my face, hands and feet. I began trembling and vomiting. My heart was racing dangerously. I spent the night in a Reykjavik hospital.”
The doctor states in his one-page report, dated May 12, that Spencer tested “positive for amphetamine and MDMA.”
Reykjavik journalist Hjálmar Friðriksson, who reports for the local news service DV, alerted WND to a copy of Spencer’s medical report that he obtained, which was written in English.
MDMA, commonly known as “ecstasy,” typically causes an increase in heart rate.
Spencer told WND that the doctor “tried to downplay what happened,” but the report makes it clear he was drugged.
“He said I had a panic attack,” said Spencer, noting it’s a symptom of MDMA overdose.
“I’ve never had a panic attack in my life, even after jihadis attacked our event in Garland,” he said. “Also, why would I have a panic attack after a successful event?”
Spencer was referring to the free-speech event he co-hosted in Garland, Texas, in May 2015 that was attacked by jihadists allied with ISIS. WND reported from the scene.
“I can only surmise that the doctor knew who I was and didn’t want me to use the incident to make the Icelandic left look bad,” Spencer told WND.
“When he spoke to me, he mentioned only Ritalin, and seemed skeptical when I told him I had never taken Ritalin.”
Spencer said the doctor didn’t mention MDMA to him, although it ended up in the report.
“He also went on about stress, urging me to stop doing what I do, without any evidence that I have ever found it particularly stressful,” Spencer continued. “His intent seemed to be to get me to believe that I had not been drugged and should stop speaking out against jihad terror and Shariah oppression.”
Spencer also noted the doctor admitted Spencer was drugged but said it was not a “serious poisoning.”
“How much poison must one be given for the poisoning to be ‘serious’?” Spencer asked. “I had most of the symptoms of MDMA overdose. That’s serious enough for me.”
The Icelandic journalist Friðriksson confirmed police are reviewing Spencer’s complaint.
Spencer said a police official took immediate steps to obtain the restaurant’s surveillance video and identify the suspects.
Along with directing Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Spencer is author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” and “The Truth About Muhammad.” His latest book is “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.”
‘Firestorm of abuse’
Spencer said his visit had “triggered a firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press, all based on American leftist talking points.”
The Icelandic press noted he was banned by the United Kingdom from entry in 2013, but didn’t mention it was for saying that Islam has doctrines of violence. He also was condemned for supporting Israel and falsely accused of inciting the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik to kill.
Spencer said in a report Monday it’s clear that “jihad and Islamization are not subjects that Icelandic politicians and media opinion-makers want Icelanders to discuss.”
The lesson learned from his trip to Iceland, he said, is “media demonization of those who dissent from the leftist line is direct incitement to violence.”
“By portraying me and others who raise legitimate questions about jihad terror and Shariah oppression as racist, bigoted Islamophobes, without allowing us a fair hearing, the media in Iceland and elsewhere in the West is actively endangering those who dare to dissent.”
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community.