Although the British said they would not comment on the allegation, an Iranian opposition group claims that Iran's supreme leader ordered the recent capture of the 15 British sailors. The group provided no hard evidence to support their claim.
Members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran say that the purpose of the capture was to take attention away from Iran's nuclear program and to apply pressure to the British in the UN security council Iran sanctions deliberations.
The opposition group making the claims -- the MEK -- say they obtained the information from sources within Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Incidentally, the MEK is listed as a terrorist group by Britain, the U.S. and the E.U.