Paul Joosse, a sociologist at the University of Alberta who studies radical environmental action and has visited Trickle Creek, said it was his understanding Ludwig was going to meet with "somebody named Insp.
"This was not unusual," said Joosse
had had several meetings with people from INSET and the RCMP
during the course of the 15-month investigation."
also said INSET approached Ludwig in the summer - the last bombing was on July 4 - to help them profile the bomber.
Reports in the past said Ludwig approached INSET.
According to Joosse
, Ludwig offered to go into the Tomslake community on behalf of the RCMP
but police officials in Ottawa insisted he
be accompanied in some way by officers.
wanted to go into the community and talk to whoever might be involved and try and address the breakdown in relationship between industry and community members in the Tomslake area," said Joosse
didn't want INSET to shadow him as he
The breakdown, said Joosse
, prompted Ludwig to write an open letter appealing to the bomber to stop their campaign.
"He was figuring if I can't work with the RCMP on this goal of calming things down, then I'll write a leter to the local media," said Joosse.
"Since then, he's
had other meetings with INSET, that I do know, and so this meeting Friday wouldn't have seemed unusual at all."
wondered on Tuesday, in light of Friday's arrest, that "perhaps through the whole series of these meetings were being disingenuous about their true motive for talking to Wiebo Ludwig.
added that, according to reports, the police compared Ludwig to jailed anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela - while also suggesting they had DNA evidence linking the eco-activist to the Tomslake bombings.
"If they did have DNA evidence linking Ludwig to these lettesr, one would think that would be sufficient to lay a charge," said Joosse