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Convicted California fraudster confirms role in film that sparked death of US Ambassador and violent protests in Libya.

By Nick Allen, California  September 13th 2012.  Find Full Article Here:-

The mystery of who was behind the film that sparked deadly protests in Libya has deepened as a convicted California fraudster confirmed he was involved in the production.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, a Coptic Christian, told the Associated Press that he was a manager for the company that produced Innocence of Muslims, and provided logistics.

However, he denied being “Sam Bacile,” the pseudonym of the person ultimately behind the project.

In a subsequent interview with The Daily Telegraph, a man who admitted to being Nakoula, withdrew his earlier admission and said he had nothing at all to do with the film.

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.”

The brief interview was interrupted as police arrived to speak to him. They left after an hour and Nakoula refused to speak further.

Outside his two-storey house there was a small statue of the Virgin Mary.

The Associated Press reported that a mobile phone number, which the elusive “Sam Bacile” contacted them from, was traced to the same address where Nakoula lives. However, Nakoula denied he had posed as “Sam Bacile”.

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