California Coptic Christian Confirms Role in Anti-Islam Film

(AP) Gillian Flaccus and Stephen Braun - The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production. The cell phone 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 Bacily. The AP located Bacile after obtaining his cell phone number from Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. who had promoted the anti-Muslim film in recent days on his website. Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., who burned Qurans on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, said he spoke with the movie's director on the phone Wednesday. "I have not met him. Sam Bacile, that is not his real name," Jones said.

2012-09-13 00:00:00

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