Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, L.A. Man Who Almost Started WWIII, Now Free

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Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM
  • From the Innocence of Muslims / YouTube / sam bacile

It's been a long, strange trip for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker behind the incendiary film Innocence of Muslims.

The anti-Islam C-movie trailer sparked outrage in the Muslim world and was said to have been the inspiration for a raid on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in the summer of 2012. Except that, even as Republicans made a huge issue of the Benghazi attack, it turned out that maybe Nakoula's little flick wasn't a cause at all:

That didn't stop federal agents, however, from pursuing a case against the Cerritos man for using the internet (uploading, for example, the trailer) despite terms of a 2010 bank fraud conviction that demanded he stay offline.

See also: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Arrested, Headed to Federal Court in Downtown Los Angeles.

That landed him behind bars and then behind the doors of a SoCal halfway house. Today, about a year after the feds pursuied him, Nakoula was scheduled to be set free, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records.

His release was being supervised by the federal Community Corrections Office in San Pedro.

Following the controversy over his film last summer Nakoula went into hiding (it's not as if he was ever much for being out in the open) and was the subject of death threats.

That said, we doubt he'll be seeking the spotlight anytime soon.

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