Accused White House shooter Oscar Ortega Hernández recorded a TV pitch to Oprah Winfrey two months ago in which he declared himself to be "the modern day Jesus Christ."
The 21-year-old asked an Idaho State University student to tape the segment. His girlfriend handed the tape over to the Secret Service on Tuesday.
In the 45-minute-long tape, portions of which were obtained by MyFOXdc, Ortega Hernández launches an attack on the US government, accusing it of waging war for oil.
You see Oprah, It's not just a coincidence I look Like Jesus.
- Oscar Ortega-Hernández, White House Shooter Suspect
"Because the government is fighting, or should I say bullying, these countries for their oil, our freedom is at stake," he said in the recording.
Elsewhere in the recording, Ortega Hernandez declares himself to be "the modern day Jesus Christ."
Watch Hernández: "It's not just a coincidence I look Like Jesus."
"You see Oprah, there is still so much more that God needs me to express to the world. It's not just a coincidence that I look like Jesus. I am the modern day Jesus Christ that you all have been waiting for," he said.
Ortega Hernández does not mention President Barack Obama in the tape. The tape was never submitted to Winfrey.
Neither the student who recorded the tape, nor Ortega Hernández's professor, turned the recording over to authorities at the time because it did not suggest that Ortega Hernández would commit any crimes.
"In the video we have there are no threatening statements whatsoever. There is no reference to President Obama at all, none of that. And that's why we didn't do anything with it," Professor Tom Hallaq told myFOXdc.
Ortega Hernández appeared in a Pittsburgh federal court Thursday to face charges of attempting to assassinate the president or presidential staff.
He was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police at a hotel near Indiana, Pa., on Wednesday in connection with the Friday evening shooting incident.
Obama and his wife Michelle were in California at the time of the shooting, en route to Hawaii for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
Secret Service agents heard shots on Friday about a half mile (800 meters) from the White House. On Tuesday, agents discovered two bullets on White House grounds, one of which smashed a window but was stopped by special anti-ballistic glass that shields the building's interior.
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