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The Egyptian government — headed by President Mohammed Morsi, a key figure in the Muslim Brotherhood — has been less willing to embrace an apologetic tone toward the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil called the incident unacceptable and urged for “self-restraint” among Egyptians angered by the film.
In a separate statement, however, Mr. Morsi condemned the film and ordered the Egyptian Embassy in Washington to take appropriate legal measures against those who produced it.
Amateur film, filmmaker
The film was written, directed and produced by Sam Bacile, a real estate developer from Southern California.
The producer has told the Associated Press that he is an Israeli Jew and a U.S. citizen.
But Israeli officials, who sought to distance Israel from the film Wednesday, said they had not heard of Mr. Bacile, and there was no record of him being a citizen, the news agency reported.
Separately, the film was being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the U.S.
Mr. Bacile, who had evidently gone into hiding Wednesday somewhere in the U.S., told the AP that he had not anticipated such a furious reaction but remained defiant. He said he thinks the movie will expose what he calls Islam’s flaws to the world.
In Washington, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton met with a crowd of several hundred State Department employees gathered solemnly in the courtyard of the department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters in a scene of mourning for Mr. Stevens.
He is the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979, when armed militants kidnapped and killed Adolph “Spike” Dubs, then-ambassador to Afghanistan. Previous ambassadors were killed in Guatemala, Sudan, Cyprus and Lebanon — all between 1968 and 1976.
“Like Chris, Sean was one of our best,” she said.
The identities of the two others killed, along with those who were injured, were being withheld because their families had not yet been informed of their deaths.
• Ashish Kumar Sen, David Boyer, Seth McLaughlin, Shaun Waterman, Susan Crabtree and Rowan Scarborough contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.
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About the Author
Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper’s State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He’s also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.
His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.
Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was ...
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