Democracy Now: California Man with Criminal Past ID’d as Key Figure Behind Anti-Islam Film


U.S. authorities have officially identified the key figure behind the anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims,” that sparked the protests. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is a 55-year-old Southern California resident with a checkered past involving drug convictions and bank fraud. He was sentenced to nearly two years in prison in 2010 for financial crimes and is barred from using the Internet without approval under the terms of his supervised release. He told the Associated Press he was a Coptic Christian. Meanwhile, an actress who participated in the film said actors were deceived about the nature of the video and did not realize it was anti-Islam. Instead they were given a script entitled “Desert Warriors” that was purported to be about life in ancient Egypt, but words like Muhammad and other references to Islam were dubbed over their voices after the filming.

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~ by wheresthemic on September 14, 2012.

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