Nakoula had been convicted of bank fraud two years ago and ordered not to get online without the approval of his probation officer. He went into hiding after being identified as the man behind the alias “Sam Bacile,” which he used as the producer of the film. The video has drawn condemnation around the Muslim world for painting the Islamic holy figure Muhammad in an extremely negative light.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office told KNBC-TV that the United States Probation Office requested Nakoula be arrested.
The film’s release sparked several protests, including one linked to the death of U.S. envoy Chris Stevens at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. However, Libyan President Mohammed Magarief has blamed that attack on a premeditated terrorist plot.
Since its release, members of the film’s cast and crew have said they were deceived into thinking they were making a historical action movie, with their scripts containing no references to Muhammad.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 9 million unique readers per month and serves more than 30 million pageviews.