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Creator of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Set to Be Released

The creator “The Innocence of Muslims” Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is set to be relased from federal custody Thursday.

The Egyptian-American was behind the anti-Muslim film that sparked protests across the Islamic world in 2012. The attention his film garnered led Nakoula, 56, to be convicted of violating the conditions of his probation on an earlier bank-fraud conviction.

He was also found guilty of using at least 17 false names during his probation and using Internet devices without the approval of his probation officer.

He served less that one year in jail.

Released from prison in May, he will leave a halfway home in Southern California Thursday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross.

Nakoula told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a recent interview that he never thought the film would cause so much outrage or violence. He said the movie was not anti-Muslim, but anti-terrorist.

"I am against the culture itself, not the religion," he said.

His anti-Muslim film sparked outrage in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Sudan, Iraq, Morocco, Israel and Palestine. These protests were originally thought to be the basis of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack at the U.S. diplomatic building in Benghazi, Libya.

Sources: NPR, CNN


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