May 24, 2013
Man Behind Controversial Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Protests Identified
Posted on Sep 13, 2012
Who is Sam Bacile? It appears major questions surrounding the identity of the man alleged to be behind “The Innocence of Muslims,” the controversial anti-Muhammad film that led to the deadly attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya and spurred violent protests in Egypt and Yemen, have been answered.
Here’s the story. It was initially believed that Bacile was an Israeli-American real estate developer who raised roughly $5 million from about 100 Jewish donors to make the film.
But that identity was ultimately revealed to be a fraud. According to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, a consultant to the film, Steve Klein, told him that Bacile was not Israeli and is most likely not Jewish. Moreover, Klein said that “Sam Bacile” is not even a real name.
Now another man, 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, has been identified as the person behind the anti-Muslim film. Nakoula told The Associated Press that although he was involved in the film, he was not Sam Bacile. However, one U.S. law enforcement official says evidence points to him as being the man behind “The Innocence of Muslims.”
After the release of the filmmaker’s identity, law enforcement personnel were sent to Nakoula’s California home to protect him and his family. According to ABC News, Nakoula is now concerned about the possibility of retaliation.
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