Considering the Benghazi hearings are making it abundantly clear the YouTube video guy Nakoula Basseley Nakoula had nothing to do with the Benghazi terrorist attacks, some people might be wondering whatever did happen to the guy.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Benghazi report accuses the White House and senior State Department officials of altering “accurate talking points drafted by the intelligence community in order to protect the State Department.” One of the major changes was to blame the YouTube video Innocence of Muslims created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula for instigating the Benghazi terrorist attack by al Qaeda.
Following the Benghazi attack, it became quickly obvious that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s days were numbered. The White House blamed the YouTube video, angering Muslims who had otherwise never heard of Innocence of Muslims. The White House ran public service announcements in Pakistan featuring President Barack Obama saying the United States had nothing to do with the YouTube video. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Charles Woods, the father of a Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi, that “[w]e will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.” Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested the day after President Obama’s re-election.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was sentenced to a year in jail for four violations, including lying to his probation officer about his role in making the YouTube video the Obama administration wanted to blame for Benghazi. Nakoula was under federal probation after a 2010 conviction on bank and credit card fraud and admits to violating his probation. Politico points out how unusual this should lead to jail time, never mind having his records sealed:
“A violation of probation, though, usually produces a court summons and doesn’t typically lead to more jail time unless it involves an offense that would be worth prosecuting in its own right under federal standards. Not for Nakoula. … Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s underlying offense wasn’t an underlying offense. He exercised his First Amendment rights.”
During the Benghazi hearings, Gregory Hicks, who was the number two American in Benghazi, testified that Ambassador Stevens made no mention of a demonstration at the mission in Benghazi, only an attack. Hicks claims “[t]he YouTube video was a non-event in Libya,” despite the Obama Administration’s attempts to pin the violence in Libya to protests over a trailer for the anti-Muslim film.
What do you think about Nakoula Basseley Nakoula now that we know the YouTube video had nothing to do with Benghazi?
There is a guy still sitting in jail because Obama and Hillary blamed a YouTube video. His record was conveniently sealed. #Benghazi
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 9, 2013