As protests and violence believed to be tied to the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” spreads to Yemen, more light is being shed on the source of the project, seen primarily via a 14-minute trailer posted on YouTube.
According to Talking Points Memo, a Los Angeles blogger, John Walsh, waned the Los Angeles City Council about plans for a screening of “The Innocence of Bin Laden” that was to be shown at the Vine Theater in Hollywood. Walsh raised the prospect that the group behind the movie had been anti-Semitic, even as the title of the project apparently was changed.
Was there a screening? Christine Pelisek at The Daily Beast, citing a law enforcement source, writes that authorities did monitor a screening in late June, with less than a dozen people attending. Of particular concern was that the director, who identifies himself as Sam Bacile, watched the event from a restaurant across the street. Questions have been raised about Bacile’s true identiy, and the Associated Press reported on Wednesday afternoon that Bacile is believed to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian with a criminal record.