NEWSFLASH: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man associated with an anti-Muslim film, “Innocence of Muslims,” that set off protests in the Middle East, has been arrested and is scheduled to appear in federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. Federal officials had been investigating whether he violated his probation, but court records didn’t indicate the charges against Nakoula.
More unrest coming from Muslims as a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, publishes naked pictures mocking the Prophet Muhammad. The move set off a firestorm among Muslims and drew condemnation from the government of François Hollande.
The illustrations, some of which depicted Muhammad naked, hit newsstands across the country on Wednesday and were met with swift rebuke from the government of François Hollande, which had earlier urged the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, not to publish the cartoons, particularly in the current tense environment.
“In France, there is a principle of freedom of expression, which should not be undermined,” Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister, said in a French radio interview. “In the present context, given this absurd video that has been aired, strong emotions have been awakened in many Muslim countries. Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the fire?” Source
This comes on the heels of an anti-Muslim film, ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ which was spearheaded by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and promoted on 9/11 by Florida pastor Terry Jones, that sparked protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East, and may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
Innocence of Muslims filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was taken in for questioning by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies just after midnight Friday. It is believed that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is in fact Sam Bacile, the man tied to the movie, which sparked widespread protests in the Middle East, where U.S. embassies were targeted, possibly contributing to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who were ambushed at the embassy in Benghazi. Right wing blogs are going nuts. One in particular, Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds accused President Obama of sending in “brownshirted enforcers,” AKA Nazi paramilitary-types, to question a man who’s on probation for bank fraud. Power Line is puking right wing venom. It’s a little comical.
Seems like Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is a little punk because he hid his face with a towel and hat as he was escorted by police into a waiting car. LA County Sheriff’s department spokesman Steve Whitmore told NBC4 that deputies assisting the federal probation department took Nakoula to the sheriff’s substation in Cerritos for interviewing. LA Now reports that as of 1:40 a.m. Saturday, Nakoula has not been arrested or detained.
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