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Protests in Iran organised by 'Ayatollah Mike' (Prosecutor's statement)

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Iran's Public Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri on Thursday spoke about unveiling plots allegedly masterminded by the US, the 'Zionists' and Saudi Arabia aiming to trigger unrest in the country, IRNA reports.

According to Montazeri, the plan had been prepared and masterminded some four years ago with close cooperation of those countries.

Montazeri said that the main projector of the plan was an American national named Michael D'Andrea, a former CIA member in charge of combatting terrorism that formed the group to create unrest in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 'Michael Andrea along with an officer affiliated to Mossad spy agency were in charge of masterminding the plot while Saudi Arabia paid for all the expenses,' he said.

The alleged plot dubbed as 'Consequential Convergence Doctrine' was designed based on the data gathered throughout years', Montazeri said, adding that they conducted various scenarios such as protesting the high cost of living, high pay of bills and financial demands of the retired people.

'Other outlawed groups such as MKO, followers of the monarchial regime, the nationalists and several groups affiliated to the communists were present in the plot,' he said.

'They had offered two models named Tunisia and Libya and finally chose the latter which was to create waves of unrest from outside to the center,' Montazeri added.

'They had prepared two operation rooms in Ebril of Iraq and Heart in Afghanistan to cross Daesh Takfiri groups to the streams of these unrests,' he said.

'Some analysts believe that they had prepared the plot for the year 2018 but due to the country's special circumstances they put it on ahead of schedule,' the public prosecutor added.

'The assumed that they can put an end to the Islamic revolution through such conspiracies, but to no avail,' he said.

It should be noted that in June 2017, The New York Times wrote that 'Michael D’Andrea would be running the C.I.A.’s Iran operations, according to current and former intelligence officials, an appointment that was the first major sign that the Trump administration is invoking the hard line the president took against Iran during his campaign.' The newspaper noted that D'Andrea was known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, nicknames he had earned as the Central Intelligence Agency officer who oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the American drone strike campaign that killed thousands of Islamist militants and hundreds of civilians.

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