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Wed Sep 12, 2012, 07:50 PM

Sam Bacile = Nakoula Basseley Nakoula [View all]

I haven't been following this story much but I know it's of interest to people, and I like mystery novels as well as the next guy.

The word in red kind of clinches it, IMO. Having a middle name that sounds like Bacile is one thing, but the use of the "cil" for the "sel" in a previous pseudonym is pretty strong, in the context of everything else. (Like having the same address...)

The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film that triggered mobs in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, told The Associated Press in an interview outside Los Angeles that he was manager for the company that produced "Innocence of Muslims," which mocked Muslims and the prophet Mohammed and was implicated in inflaming mobs that attacked U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya. He provided the first details about a shadowy production group behind the film.

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 [font color=red]Bacily[/font color], Erwin Salameh and others.


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.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120912/us-egypt-filmmaker/

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