‘Innocence of Muslims’ Filmmaker to Be Freed

by Sterling Beard

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the infamous YouTube video “The Innocence of Muslims,” is set to be released this Thursday from a Southern California halfway house.

Nakoula was sentenced last November to a year in federal prison for using aliases and accessing the Internet in violation of the terms of his probation, which stemmed from an arrest for a check-fraud scheme. He has been at the convicts’ halfway house since May.

The film attracted tremendous attention in September 2012 when the State Department initially claimed protests surrounding the movie were the source of attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Susan Rice, then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made the rounds on the Sunday-show circuit following the attacks and fingered the video for the violence — testimony that would lead to heavy criticism from Republicans when President Obama nominated her for secretary of state. Nakoula was arrested and imprisoned soon after.