The senseless murder of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other staffers in Libya on Tuesday is still being investigated, but the reason behind the violence currently circulating is that a mob of angry Muslims, outraged by a bad B movie making fun of Muhammad, stormed the embassy.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Wednesday's press conference that those responsible were not the Libyan government and its people but a "small, savage group."
But is all as it seems? Was this an avenging band of ordinary Libyans gone mad over seeing their Holy One defiled, or was this an orchestrated terror plot planned to coincide with the anniversary of Sept. 11? Where the movie was used to stir and instigate rage as a convenient cover?
Then there is that other angle: Where did the movie originate, and why does it have major significance now when it was reportedly posted online since July? Who put up the money for "The Innocence of Muslims" and who is repsonsible for its circulation? As conspiracy theories go, this one has all the makings of a juicy one.
One such conspiracy could go like this: Did some conservative, religious extremists conspire to push this poor excuse of a movie to stir up trouble under President Obama's watch? Muddy the waters this election cycle to help remove that "Muslim Kenyan, Socialist, big-time Wall Street capitalist sympathizer," from the White House?
According to several reports on CNN, no one seems to know exactly who the director is. A woman claiming to be an actress told CNN on Wednesday that she was recruited to act in the film but that she wasn't told it was to poke fun at Muslims. Parts of the movie appeared to have been voiced over, so she could have been telling the truth.
The unknown woman looked terrified as she apologized for her part in the movie which allegedly triggered the tragic events at the U.S. consulate in Libya and other violence in Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
Steve Klein, an insurance salesman from Hemet, Calif., who is reportedly a right-winger known for his extreme views which includes anti-Muslim sentiments, has now been linked to the B-rated flick, as a consultant. The alleged producer was reportedly a man named Sam Bacile, a real estate developer, who was supposedly in hiding--or so Klein said.
Read more on it here: Meet The Right-Wing Extremist Behind Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Riots
But the story gets murkier and murkier, for new AP reports claim there is no Sam Bacile and the real producer is a Californian man named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who seems to be the one who invented the alias Sam Bacile. Phone calls traced to Bacile reportedly leads to the same address as Nakoula. This Nakoula had originally claimed to be the manager of the company who made the film, not the filmmaker.
Read more of the covoluted plot here: Mystery Behind Film Causing Uproar
Click on the above video to see the trailer of the movie "Innocence of Muslims," which they say started it all. A poorly made, low-budget flick, it depicts a caricature of the Muslim prophet.
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