While serving in Iraq, a Lebanese-American, US Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, went missing on June 19, 2004. A week later a videotape provided to Al Jazeera purportedly showed Hassoun held as a hostage. On July 8, 2004, Hassoun suddenly arrived at the embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
After an investigation into his disappearance, in 2005, Hassoun was charged with desertion. Hassoun disappeared for a second time and is believed to be hiding in Lebanon.
Missing Utah Marine's story could become TV movie
By Jennifer Dobner, Associated Press, Bloomberg, February 11, 2011
The strange tale of a Utah Marine corporal charged with desertion after allegedly faking his own kidnapping in Iraq may be told in a television movie after all, although it may not have input from Wassef Ali Hassoun [the missing guy], or his family.The disappearance of Hassoun is not included in the table of Americans Missing in Iraq. I have no idea if a SIGACT report exists for either his 'abduction' or his re-appearance. I just don't find myself motivated enough to even want to look.
Los Angeles publicist Michael Sands worked with the family in 2005 on a $1 million book and movie deal to clear Hassoun's name. The deals fell apart after the family balked at signing a contract.
Sands told The Associated Press he now plans to tell the story on his own.
"The Deserter" is a television movie by Sands and retired FBI agent Bob Hamer. It chronicles the Hassoun story and Sands' own role trying to help the family.