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Washington | Thursday September 13, 2012 AP | The Universal
Federal authorities have identified a Coptic Christian in Southern California, who is on parole convicted of financial crimes, as primarily responsible for the anti-Muslim film that provoked violence against U.S. embassies in the Middle East, said Thursday security official told The Associated Press.who is on parole for financial crimes, as the alleged perpetrator of the video
Nakoula told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday in a suburb of Los Angeles that he handled the logistics of the company that produced the film, which mocks Muslims and Muhammad.
Nakoula Bacile denied that he was insisting that he did not direct the film, but said that knowing the Bacile. But federal documents in a criminal action against Nakoula in 2010 say they used many aliases in the past.
Among the false names, the documents say, were Nicola Bacily, Robert Erwin Bacily and Salameh.
During a conversation in front of his house, Nakoula showed his driver’s license but with thumb hid his middle name, Basseley.
An Associated Press investigation later found that middle name and other connections with Bacile person.
The AP tracked down Bacile after obtaining the cell phone number of Morris Sadek, a Coptic Christian conservative in America who promoted the anti-Muslim film in recent days on its website.
Egyptian Coptic Christians long complained of discrimination and violence against the group by the Arab majority in your country.
Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, sparking outrage in the Arab world when burned Korans on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001 to the United States, spoke Wednesday with the film’s director and prayed for him.
Jones said he did not see him but added that he personally contacted him a few weeks ago to promote the film. Jones and others said Wednesday that Bacile hid his identity. “I have not met personally. Bacile Sam is not his real name,” said Jones.
“I just talked to him on the phone. Definitely is hidden and does not reveal his identity.” Nakoula pleaded no contest in 2010 to federal charges of bank fraud in California and ordered to pay more than $ 790,000 in restitution.
He was also sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and not use computers or the Internet for five years without approval of his probation officer.
Jennifer Leigh Williams, assistant prosecutor, said Nakoula opened fraudulent bank accounts using stolen identities to deposit checks after those accounts to other fictional accounts of that extracted money from ATMs.
Before his conviction, Nakoula faced a series of financial problems in recent years, according to tax records in the state of California.
A group of American actors and actresses who appeared in the film controversial on Wednesday issued a joint statement in which they said they were misled about the project and argued that some of the dialogue was dubbed in post incorrectly.
“The whole cast and technicians are extremely upset and feel that the producer took advantage of them,” said the statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times.Una of actresses, Cindy Garcia, told KERO-TV in Bakersfield that the film was originally titled
“Desert Warriors” and contained offensive references to Islam.