Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Claims Connection with Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Embassy Riots

Who is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula? He told the Associated Press that he was manager for the company that produced “Innocence of Muslims,” which has inflamed mobs that attacked the U.S. embassies in Cairo and Libya, that left four Americans dead, including Chris Stevens and Sean Smith, as well as left more than 10 Libyans dead, because it mocked Muslims and the prophet Mohammed.

Nakoula denied he directed the film and said he knew the self-described filmmaker, Sam Bacile. But the cellphone 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. Federal court papers said Nakoula’s aliases included Nicola Bacily, Erwin Salameh and others.

Nakoula told the AP that he was a Coptic Christian and said the film’s director supported the concerns of Christian Copts about their treatment by Muslims. 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. Source