The mystery is finally solved. The public face for the anti-Muslim film known as ‘innocence of Muslims’ that has inflamed the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran.
Following the hiding of the Coptic Christian filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, promoter of the controversial film Steve Klein has taken center stage. In his stream of interviews Klein has disclosed that the man he knew only as Sam Bacile is using the attention to talk about Klein’s political views. It has also been revealed that Steve was approached by Bacile months ago for advice about the limits of American free speech and asked for his help regarding movie’s script.
The 61-year-old grandfather willingly agreed to act as a spokesman for the film. It is important to mention here that the role served with Klein’s relentless pursuit of radical Muslims in America, an activity he says he began after 9/11 terrorist attacks. The activity took a deeper meaning in 2007 when his son was seriously injured in Iraq.
"What do I get out of this? I get to die one of these days hoping my granddaughters and my grandsons will be safe from these monsters," Klein said. He also claimed that he has visited ‘every mosque in California’ and has identified ‘500 to 750’ of these people who are future suicide bombers.
An employee for Hemet Insurance Agency, Steve compared himself to an unsophisticated James Bond “who ferrets out terrorist cells in California and Muslims who sympathize with terrorists”.
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According to Klein the intent of the film was to help identify people who sympathized with Osama Bin Laden and terrorists. "I am not responsible for the actions that they go out and do," Klein said. "Why would I be bothered? I told the truth. I have told the truth. I will continue to tell the truth."
The Southern Poverty Law Center says they have been tracking Klein for several years and have identified two of the organizations he is affiliated with as hate groups. The film Innocence of Muslims has sparked a violent wave of protests all around Middle East and resulted in the death of US ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.