While Innocence Of Muslims producer Mark Basseley Youssef, aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, sits in a Los Angeles jail awaiting a Nov. 9 probation violation hearing, the fallout from his anti-Islam video continues. The leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over after the death of Osama bin Laden last year, has praised last month’s attacks in Cairo and Benghazi which were spurred on by the crudely-made film and has called for more protests outside U.S. embassies, Reuters reports. Four U.S. diplomats were killed in the Libyan violence including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. In a recording posted to Islamist websites today, Zawahiri called the violence “honest and zealous,” according toThe Guardian. Zawahiri further called on “free and distinguished zealots for Islam” to “continue their opposition to American crusader Zionist aggression against Islam and Muslims.”
After the Cairo and Benghazi attacks, deadly protests of the film that lampoons the Prophet Mohammad spread throughout the Muslim world over a two-week period. Zawahiri said U.S. authorities Read More »
UPDATE:CNN used information from the personal handwritten journal of the slain U.S. ambassador to Libya in newscasts against his family’s wishes — and without disclosing it to viewers. The Wall Street Journal reported today that relatives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens asked the State Department to intervene. CNN said it found the journal inside the U.S. consulate in Libya four days after the September 11 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. CNN said it had notified Stevens’ family at once and arranged to give them the journal. State Department officials said CNN’s actions were “disgusting.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior adviser Philippe Reines scoffed that it was “not a proud moment in CNN’s history”. In response to the criticism CNN issued a statement late Saturday that the network did not initially report on the existence of a journal “out of respect for the family, but we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting.”
CNN host Anderson Cooper admitted Friday on his show (see video below) that the network on Wednesday broadcast reports based on Stevens’ journal without revealing the source. Last night Cooper disclosed to his viewers what CNN had done but did not include that it was against the family wishes. Here is a clip from Anderson’s Friday broadcast:
YouTube has blocked access from Egypt and Libya to clips of Innocence Of Muslims, the amateur film that is considered the impetus to violence that killed four American diplomats, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, in the past day. In a statement provided to Deadline, YouTube said:
“We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions. This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video – which is widely available on the Web – is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. However, given the very difficult situation in Libya and Egypt we have temporarily restricted access in both countries. Our hearts are with the families of the people murdered in yesterday’s attack in Libya.”
Reuters also reported that all of YouTube had been banned by Afghanistan today in an effort to impede viewing of the video. “We have been told to shut down YouTube to the Afghan public until the video is taken down,” Aimal Marjan, general director of Information Technology at the Ministry of Communications, told Reuters.
The online trailer for Innocence Of Muslims, a movie written, produced and directed by amateur filmmaker Sam Bacile, is being blamed for sparking deadly demonstrations in Cairo and Benghazi on Tuesday. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other American diplomats were killed during the uprisings, leading to increased tensions in the Middle East. As a result, Bacile, who has no discernible film industry credits and toldThe Wall Street Journal “Islam is a cancer”, has gone into hiding, The Associated Press reports. Read More »