Venezuela Closes Miami Consulate

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the closure of the country's consulate in Miami, days after the United States expelled a Venezuelan diplomat.

In a speech to the National Assembly Friday, President Chavez said he was taking the move in response to what he called an “unfair” action by the U.S.

The United States said Sunday it was expelling Venezuela's consul general in Miami, Livia Acosta Noguera, amid reports she discussed possible cyber attacks on the United States.

The allegations were made in a documentary aired by the Spanish-language media outlet, Univision.

President Chavez said there is no proof that the diplomat was engaged in espionage.