Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United States of trying to use the Internet as a tool to defeat the Islamic Republic.

Speaking in the northern city of Amol in Mazandaran Province, Khamenei also said that Washington had been planning to orchestrate “riots” in Iran, referring to the widespread protests that followed last June’s disputed presidential election.

“The Americans say that they have allocated a 45 million dollar budget to defeat the Islamic Republic of Iran through the Internet, and this shows the peak of the enemy’s frustration,” he said, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. Washington TV

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