Libya

Mystery of Filmmaker's Identity Deepens

"Sam Bacile" has inconsistencies in his accounts, and records are conflicting or absent

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A man who claimed he's the creator of an anti-Muslim film that's sparked violent protests in Libya and Egypt may not be who he says he is.

The mysterious "Sam Bacile" supposedly spoke to The Associated PressThe Wall Street Journal and The Times of Israel, claiming to be a California real estate developer and an Israeli Jew who raised $5 million for the film from 100 other nameless Jewish donors.

However, since those stories were published, several cracks in that description have emerged, and now reporters are wondering whether he even exists at all.