The most valuable single item seized was a 1.26% interest in Italy's biggest bank, Unicredit, worth more than €600m (£502m). Other significant shareholdings included stakes in the oil and gas giant, ENI, the defence firm Finmeccanica and two companies in the Fiat motor group
nonhocapito wrote:This was made at the request of the international criminal court in The Hague. Yes the same authority responsible for the tearing apart of Yugoslavia, the scapegoating of the Serbians, and the creating of the drug-weapons-slaves smuggling haven called Kosovo. Great work they do.
The attack on the consulate was believed to be related to a trailer for Bacile’s two-hour film “Innocence of Muslims” that was posted on YouTube and enraged conservative Muslims for its claims, among other things, that Muhammad approved of child molestation, and its depiction of Muslims as terrorist thugs.
Bacile told the Associated Press he made the film for $5 million, raised among private donors. The trailer depicts scenes with amateur actors reciting stiff dialogue about the sins of Muhammad, according to the AP. "Islam is a cancer, period," Bacile said.
Though Bacile was apologetic about the loss of life as a result of the outrage over his film, he blamed lax embassy security and the perpetrators of the violence.
"I feel the security system [at the embassies] is no good," Bacile told the AP. "America should do something to change it."
A consultant on the film, Steve Klein, told the news service that the filmmaker was concerned for family members who live in Egypt. Bacile declined to confirm that.
Klein said he helped Bacile make the movie but warned him that "you're going to be the next Theo van Gogh." Van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004 after making a film that was perceived as insulting to Islam.
"We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen," Klein said.
In Italy, the Web site of the newspaper Corriere della Sera showed images of what it said was the American Consulate in Benghazi ablaze with men carrying automatic rifles and waving V-for-victory signs, silhouetted against the burning buildings. One photograph showed a man closely resembling Mr. Stevens apparently unconscious, his face seeming to be smudged with smoke and his eyes closed.
Earlier press reports quoting a Sam Bacile, who identified himself as the filmmaker of “Innocence of Muslims” in interviews with the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, couldn’t be verified by Bloomberg News.
The actual filmmaker fears for his life, and that is why he falsely told reporters he was an Israeli-American named Sam Bacile, according to another man who said he was a consultant to the movie.
“It’s a pseudonym,” Steve Klein, a Southern California insurance salesman and anti-Islamic activist who says he advised the filmmaker on finding actors, said in a telephone interview from his office in Hemet. “This guy’s terrified. He’s gone underground.”
Whatever it is, any real Muslim looking at this thing would simply laugh at the stupidity and the obvious propaganda of it. Hell, they might even feel sorry for the talentless hack who made it and the wannabe actors who suffered through it. They damn sure wouldn’t riot over amateur crap like this. So, who’s over there pretending to riot and why are they really doing it?
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