NBC Reports: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Is Ex-Con

Having previously being convicted twice on drugs charges Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is on probation for commiting fraud.

Man behind anti-Islam film reportedly is Egyptian-born ex-con

Updated 1:36 a.m. ET: A 55-year-old Egypt-born Coptic Christian man living in the Los Angeles area was a key figure behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” blamed for sparking riots and protests in the Middle East, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News Thursday.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is on probation after being convicted of financial crimes, also was twice sentenced to jail on drug charges in the late 1990s, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said.

Court records show that Nakoula was convicted on federal fraud charges in Los Angeles in 2010. Among the conditions of his probation, Nakoula was barred from using “any online service at any location” without the prior approval of his probation officer, according to a copy of court records in the case.

Meanwhile The Daily Kos suggests that the incompetent Nakoula is the fall guy and the “keyman” is actually fellow Copt Joseph Nasrallah,

Joseph Nassralla and Media for Christ (M4C) applied for the filming permit for Desert Warrior (per San Gabriel Valley media sources).  M4C has IRS non-profit status and files 990 returns. The 2011 return shows a budget of 1 million dollars, and assets that could be used to produce the film.

The film used Hollywood forms: Casting Calls, Permits, SAG categorization.  The film used modern green screen techniques, and sound editing and overdubs.

The Media for Christ (aka ATVSat.com ) website is a video blog production.  Klein and others use it for their platforms.

Nassralla knows how to roll a production.  There is no evidence that the incompetent Nakoula has any experience — his indictment for  check kiting schemes makes clear that he was not sophisticated in avoiding detection or recognition.

Joseph Nassralla has a very deep media trail, mostly on account of his featured roles in the various Pamela Geller promoted anti-Mosque events in New York City.  SEE: http://rainoutreachtv.com/…

The author then goes on to speculate that The Innocence of Muslims could be the work of the professional Islamophobe network of Pipes, Geller and Spencer.

I think it is not beyond speculation to think that the NYC-based  English speaking anti-Islamic  clique of Geller , Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes commissioned the “Desert Warrior” project.  The movie was made in English (and likely for an American audience)  and the overdubbing to Arabic appears to be a second thought.

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