Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been questioned regarding the 'Innocence of Muslims' YouTube video that sparked violent protests around the world. But it's probation violations for earlier convictions on bank fraud and methamphetamine charges that could put him back behind bars.
As protests over an anti-Islam film continue in a growing number of countries, the California man thought to be behind the video titled “Innocence of Muslims” has been taken in for questioning by federal authorities.
Just after midnight Saturday morning – his face and head covered – a man identified as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was taken from his home in Cerritos, Calif., by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies for what law enforcement officials described as a “voluntary interview.”
As the story unfolds, more details about Mr. Nakoula have emerged pointing to his identity as the “Sam Basile” – note the similarity between “Basseley” and “Basile” – initially named as the film maker. Still, the events of the past few days – including false leads, apparent pseudonyms, and anonymous interviews – caution against drawing any conclusions about the 14-minute YouTube video and its origins.
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