Feds Question Alleged Islam Movie-Maker
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is hauled in to sheriff's station
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2012 6:38 AM CDT
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies stand down the street from a suburban Los Angeles home believed to be that of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Friday.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – The man believed to have produced the now-infamous Innocence of Muslims film is getting more attention than he banked on—from federal probation authorities. Sheriff's deputies escorted Nakoula Basseley Nakoula from his Southern California home late last night so he could be questioned by the feds, reports the Los Angeles Times. It's possible that in pushing the anti-Islam film, he violated the terms of his probation on a previous bank fraud conviction.

Under those 2010 terms, Nakoula wasn't supposed to use a computer or the Internet without approval from his probation officer for five years, reports AP. If it turns out Nakoula is indeed the fictional "Sam Bacile" who uploaded the film's trailer to YouTube, he might be in hot water. The use of a pseudonym probably won't help his cause, either: Nakoula got busted in 2010 after creating 600 fake credit accounts. (Meanwhile, reports have identified a soft-porn veteran as the film's director.)

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Dale
Sep 16, 2012 8:20 AM CDT
The attacks on American interests has little or nothing to do with this movie. These are coordinated attack timed to commemorate September 11. Until the Obama administration actually identify the real problem no progress will be made at solving it, and the world will continue to become a more and more dangerous place. (especially for Americans) For the moment the American public is being gamed, it is a very dangerous game and will land on America if we do not address it.
Riffran
Sep 15, 2012 6:31 PM CDT
as despicable and offensive the movie trailer for a non-existent movie is, it is still not illegal to make it. Funny how that free speech and tolerance goes out the window when it poses an issue for the feds. IN ADDITION, the attacks were pre-planned for 911. The so called movie trailer was a false excuse to be used.
Observer
Sep 15, 2012 6:22 PM CDT
Turn this creep over to the Sudanese or Libyans and don't mention him again. He is a nobody small time loser.