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CNN Report: Anti-Islam Filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Served Prison Time, Used Various Aliases

In an effort to get to know the man behind the pseudonym “Sam Bacile,” CNN’s Miguel Marquez traveled to the suburban Cerritos, California home reported to be his. Bacile, you’ll recall, was the name early reports had for the man behind an English-language anti-Muslim film that may have sparked much of the riots and protests sprouting around North Africa and the Middle East this week, but has since been discovered as being one of several aliases that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has used over the years.

CNN discovered that the man had previously served prison time, both for intent to manufacture methamphetamine and for fraud. Even those who were worked closely with him, including an anti-Islamic activist and an actress who says she was duped into participating in his film, say they weren’t sure who he was or where he was from.

But, although he had reportedly told others that he was an Israeli or Israeli-American, it’s since been revealed that Basseley is Egyptian and a Coptic Christian.

Marquez went to Basseley’s door in an effort to speak with the elusive director, who has been holed up in his home ever since his film made international headlines this week.

Have a look, via CNN:

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