In recent weeks, he has spoken out with unaccustomed candor, as the following statement illustrates:
"If you want to calm the atmosphere, why are you carrying out mass arrests? Oppressing people will not help end the protests," Khatami said.
Addressing the judiciary, he said: "If these people have committed crimes, why are their legal rights as citizens not preserved, why don't they have access to a lawyer, why are they not tried in a court, why haven't they been charged?"
Khatami added: "Obtaining confessions in front of cameras is a useless old method ... confessions under pressure are not valid."
Perhaps he has finally found his voice.