Filmen «Innocence of Muslims», som skal ha utløst opptøyene og angrepene på amerikanske ambassader i den muslimske verden, skal være laget av en svindeldømt mann bosatt i California, USA. De første opplysningene gikk ut på at filmen skulle være laget av en israelsk statsborger ved navn Sam Bacile, bosatt i USA, og finansiert av amerikanske jøder. Imidlertid har hverken USA eller Israel registrert noen statsborger med dette navnet og det antas at navnet er et pseudonym.
Nå spekuleres det om det er den 55 år gamle kopteren Nakoula Basseley Nakoula som står bak. Overfor Associated Press bekreftet Nakoula opprinnelig at han var manager for filmen og ansvarlig for logistikken, men nekter nå for å hatt noe som helst å gjøre med den.
Speaking at his suburban home outside Los Angeles, he told The Daily Telegraph: «I’m a gas station worker, how can I have made a five million dollar movie?
«I didn’t know this movie, I didn’t work on it, I know nothing about it. They need to blame someone.»
However, a door very similar to Nakoula’s front door appears in a scene in the movie, as does a chandelier just inside the front door, suggesting that parts of the film were actually shot at his house.
Speaking to the Telegraph in his garage at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, Nakoula admitted to having been convicted of fraud in the past.
But he claimed other people had been responsible for that and «had my name with them». He said: «I didn’t do anything wrong.»
He added: «I didn’t know anything about the movie. Now the FBI are having to come to protect me.»
Associated Press rapporterer at de har sporet et mobilnummer som «Sam Bacile» kontaktet dem fra til Nakoulas bostedsadresse.
Nakoula pleaded no contest to bank fraud in 2010. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $790,000.
He had been accused of setting up fraudulent bank accounts, using stolen identities and social security numbers, and a series of aliases were listed.
The confusion over his role in the movie was the latest twist in the mystery surrounding the makers of the anti-Muslim film.
In recent days it had been promoted on the website of Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the US.
Egypt’s Christian Coptic population has long decried what they describe as a history of discrimination and occasional violence from the country’s Arab majority.
Steve Klein, a consultant on the film, said «Sam Bacile» was a pseudonym and that he was a Christian, but he did not know his real name.