Walid Shoebat’s Cousin Linked to Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker

Walid Shoebat writes (emphasis and link in original):

Court documents reveal that Nakoula Bacile Nakoula, producer of the movie Innocence of Muslims, partnered in a scheme with Eiad Salameh, my first cousin.

Eiad is a Muslim terror supporter and is not an Egyptian Copt.

He comes from Beit Sahour, Bethlehem and is well known by the FBI and the Arab community as a conduit for Middle Easterners who can obtain authentic, legitimate identifications, from passports to credit cards that include many nationalities. He then places these forms of identification into the hands of dubious characters that are not the real identity.

I wrote about Nakoula here and here. Shoebat was named as “Walid Salameh” by a former associate in 2009; other evidence (which I won’t go into here, out of respect for privacy) also suggests that this is his legal name.

Shoebat has featured on this blog a number of times: it seems that he probably had some involvement on the fringes of the PLO back in the 1970s, and he has milked this into a supposed general expertise on the evils of Islam, which, as a convert to Christianity, he now purports to expose. Thus Shoebat claims that Obama is a secret Muslim, working in cahoots with terrorists; he also claims to be an expositor of the Bible, promoting the ludicrous claim that “666” is a reference to the phrase “in the name of Allah”. Shoebat has also toured with the more extravagantly phoney Kamal Saleem, as part of an ensemble of “3 ex-terrorists”.

The court document linked by Shoebat was posted to The Smoking Gun, which also has some background:

Nakoula, 55, was arrested in June 2009 for his role in a check-kiting ring that stole nearly $800,000 from six financial institutions by using stolen Social Security numbers and identities.  Nakoula was named in a six-count felony indictment accusing him and unnamed “co-schemers” of perpetrating the bank fraud.

…Nakoula identified the ring’s leader as Eiad Salameh, a notorious fraudster who has been tracked for more than a decade by state and federal investigators. In his debriefings, Nakoula said he was recruited as a “runner” by Salameh, who pocketed the majority of money generated by the bank swindles, according to James Henderson, Nakoula’s attorney.

The document itself, which dates from 2010, spells Eiad’s surname as “Salamy”. It has been  reported previously that Nakoula’s past aliases have included “Erwin Salameh”; Shoebat claims that this was when he was posing as Eiad Salameh’s brother.

Shoebat asserts that Eiad Salameh has “contacts with terror networks”, although details are scarce; Shoebat has linked to one of his own older posts, in which he mentioned an alleged link to “Hilarion Cappucci, a Christian Syrian born terrorist”, and he now draws attention to a recent Daily Beast article about Nakoula’s past involvement with drug dealing, which includes the following quote:

“I’m satisfied that portions of the drug sales have moved back to the Middle East and portions of that are going to support terrorist organizations,” said then DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson.

Shoebat suggests that “The Eiad Nakoula connection was likely terror-related”, and he claims that his cousin, like Nakoula, had previously used a false Israeli identity. He concludes:

Who ever made this film, claimed Jews funded him and that he was Copt. Obviously, this was intended to do harm to his real enemies — Israel and the Copts.

Meanwhile, Nakoula has been returned to jail for probation violations; according to the Daily Telegraph:

As a condition of his release, Nakoula, a Coptic Christian who most recently lived in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, was barred from accessing the Internet or using aliases without the permission of a probation officer, court records show.

…Federal prosecutors have made eight allegations against Nakoula of violating the terms of his release, including lying to probation officers. 

For Robert Spencer – who shared a stage with Shoebat in Texas in November 2010 – this means that Nakoula is a “political prisoner”, whose arrest “is a symbol of America’s capitulation to the Sharia”.