US expels Venezuelan diplomat

January 8, 2012 - 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is expelling Venezuela's consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyber attacks on U.S. government computers while she was stationed at the Venezuelan 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. Spokesman Mark Toner said the Venezuelan government had been notified of the decision on Friday, giving Noguera 72 hours to depart under standard diplomatic procedure.

Toner would not discuss the reason for the expulsion but said it was done in accordance with Article 23 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. That article does not require the expelling state to explain its decision.