A 12-minute anti-Muslim film trailer posted in July on YouTube has been blamed by some for the recent eruptions of violence in the Middle East, including demonstrations in Cairo and an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four people. According to National Public Radio (NPR), the film's producer has disappeared. "His identity as well as the film's financing and promotion are shrouded in secrecy," NPR reports.
NPR says that the full, 2-hour version of the film, "Innocence of Muslims," is amateurish and was seen by very few people. The film allegedly gained attention when it was promoted by Egyptian born Christian Morris Sadek and Florida Pastor Terry Jones, the latter of whom incited violence in Afghanistan and elsewhere when he burned the Koran.
According to The Huffington Post, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Jones on Wednesday and asked him to withdraw his support for the film. Jones reportedly said that he would "re-evaluate" his position.
Other news sources report that the American embassies in Algeria and Tunisia warned of more protests Wednesday,
As to the deadly violence in Libya, House Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Rogers told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the Libya attack was sophisticated, possibly pre-planned and had "all the hallmarks of an al Qaeda-style attack" but that there was not a lot of "pre-event chatter" reported by the intelligence community. He was cautious about making any claims until the investigation reveals more facts over the next few days.
Rogers warned that until more is known, people should not assume that the "Innocence of Muslims" film was the driving force behind events in Egypt and Libya, particularly given the timing of the protests and violence. Watch: