The real Julian Schmidt learned about this identity theft after being contacted by a friend of Viktoria Sundqvist, editor of the Middletown Press. He contacted The Eye on Monday, asking that his photo be removed from our web site.
Schmidt submitted the following statement to The Eye:
"First I've heard about this story, I was really shocked and outraged that somebody uses my picture and my name to act political in this way.
I have no idea who or why somebody would pick my name and photo. Also I don't have any relations to anyone in the USA.
This person has not enough courage to stand behind his own opinion with his own personality.
I have no respect for people doing such things.
It is really sad to hear about such a thing.
There are some many people out there who lie and cheat to other peoples, who trust them with all they have.
Just be yourself and stand behind the things you trust/believe in."