After the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others at the US Embassy in Libya earlier this week, the film Innocence of Muslims is being examined as the main influence in the attack.
Anti-Islam filmmaker Sam Bacile was orginally thought to be the man behind the controversial film, but it turns out Sam Bacile does not exist. Instead, the search for those responsible for the film has led authorities to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes, who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production. The real man in question is 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
In an interview with The Associated Press outside of Los Angeles, Nakoula stated that he was only the manager of the company that produced Innocence of Muslims.
But, The AP reports,
Nakoula denied he directed the film and said he knew the self-described filmmaker, Sam Bacile. But the cell phone number that AP contacted Tuesday to reach the filmmaker who identified himself as Sam Bacile traced to the same address near Los Angeles where AP found Nakoula.
They also report,
Nakoula denied he had posed as Bacile. During a conversation outside his home, he offered his driver's license to show his identity but kept his thumb over his middle name, Basseley. Records checks by the AP subsequently found it and other connections to the Bacile persona.
It is believed that this film caused the Libyan mobs to go over the edge and attack the US Embassy earlier this week. The investigation for more information has even brought attention to infamous Gainesville, Florida, Pastor Terry Jones, who burned Korans on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Steven Klein, who was also involved in the film, which has come under much scrutiny and is being used as a scapegoat for the attacks, isn't surprised by the witch hunt. "We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen," Klein said.
SOURCE: Associated Press