Law enforcement confirms convicted fraudster behind anti-Muslim movie
Law enforcement has confirmed that the anti-Muslim movie blamed for attacks on US embassies around the world was made by Los Angeles filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
The Associated Press reported early Thursday that Nakoula, 55, is responsible for the "Innocence of Muslims,” the film that was said to ridicule the prophet Muhammad and, in turn, prompt violent assaults on US land overseas, including missions in Egypt and Libya and the US Embassy in Yemen.
Nakoula gave an interview to the AP on Wednesday and insisted that he managed logistics for the firm that produced the film, but denied any role as a director, a position that had been linked to a man using the name Sam Bacile. The AP claims to have traced the cell phone number provided to them as Bacile’s back to the same Los Angeles area home where they had earlier met with Nakoula.
Hours later on Thursday, a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed to the AP that Nakoula was in fact behind the production of the film to a degree must larger than he claimed.
During their investigation, the AP identified Nakoula as an ex-con who had been convicted of bank fraud. He described himself as a Coptic Christian and had connections with Morris Sadek, a conservative practicing member of the religion who had promoted "Innocence of Muslims,” anti-Islam slant and all, in the days before the film is believed to have sparked outrage overseas.comments powered by Disqus