An official of the Iranian regime has acknowledged defections at the highest levels of the regime during the 2009 nationwide uprisings, saying, “When the [regime’s Supreme Leader] was under assault, some people did not support him due to differences with Mr. Ahmadinejad.”

According to the state-run Jahan News on Sunday, Javad Larijani said some in the regime do not accept the rule of the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and only voice support for political reasons.

Larijani also voiced fears about future protests by the Iranian people and said, “We have to be mindful of fresh actions by the movement of hypocrites. … The enemies are preparing for the second wave of sedition. We have to be careful and avoid being surprised.”