Iran’s prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, Thursday accused a CIA official of leading a week of Iranian protests against the government, with intelligence support from Israel and Saudi financing. A senior Trump administration official disputed any US role in the protests, saying it had not expected them to occur. “The protests were entirely spontaneously generated,” the official said. By Thursday the demonstrations had dropped in scale after 21 people had been killed and hundreds arrested. Montazeri said the CIA official sought help from exiled Iranian groups and planned to turn the protest into an “armed” insurrection by mid-February, the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.