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Five of the nine Iranian employees of the British embassy in Tehran that had been arrested were released on Monday, even as Iran continued to insist that Britain was involved in organizing protests over the results of the country's June 12 election, which many Iranians believe was rigged to return incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power.

The BBC reports that Iranian intelligence officials appear to be using the embassy employees still in their custody to make the case that the election protests had only a limited domestic component.

"Iran's Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hoseyn Mohseni-Ezhei on Sunday said "the British embassy played a crucial role in the recent unrest both through its local staff and via media", Iran's Irna news agency reported. "We have photos and videos of certain local employees of the British embassy, who collected news about the protests.
"The embassy sent staff among the rioters to direct them in order to escalate the riots so that the rioters could file fabricated reports about the [rallies] to the world rom various locations," the Iranian minister added.

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