Thursday, September 13, 2012

Many questions arise about anti-Islam filmmaker

Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt,
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Egyptian protesters, largely ultra conservative Islamists,
have climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo,
went into the courtyard and brought down the flag,
replacing it with a black flag with Islamic inscription, in protest of a film deemed offensive of Islam.
(AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)
The man behind video exerpts from an anti-Muslim movie that provoked mobs in Egypt and Libya said Wednesday that he has gone into hiding. But doubts rose about the man's exact identity amid a flurry of false claims about his background and role in the purported film.

The filmmaker, who identified himself in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as Sam Bacile, said he is an Israeli-born, Jewish writer and director of "Innocence of Muslims." Bacile was the name used to publish excerpts of the movie online as early as July 2.

But some key facts about Bacile's background and role in the film crumbled Wednesday as a Christian activist involved in the film project said that Bacile was a pseudonym, that he was not Jewish or Israeli, and that a group of Americans of Mideast origin collaborated on the film. Officials in Israel also said there was no record of Bacile as an Israeli citizen. -- Shay Tayefe Mohajer and Stephen Braun, Associated Press via Yahoo

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