Diplomat ejected after discussion of cyberattack
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is expelling Venezuela’s consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyberattacks on U.S. soil while she was stationed at her country’s embassy in Mexico.
The State Department said Sunday that it had declared the diplomat, Livia Acosta Noguera, persona non grata and given her until Tuesday to leave the country. State Department spokesman Mark Toner would not discuss the reason for the expulsion.
There was no immediate reaction from the Venezuelan government.
The U.S. move follows an FBI investigation into allegations contained in a documentary aired by the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision last month. According to the documentary, Acosta discussed a possible cyberattack against the U.S. government when she was previously assigned as a diplomat in the Venezuelan Embassy in Mexico.
The documentary was based on recordings of conversations with her and other officials, and also alleged that Cuban and Iranian diplomatic missions were involved. Citing audio and video obtained by the students at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Univision said Acosta was seeking information about the servers of nuclear power plants in the U.S.