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Obama boots Venezuela's Miami consul genl. over cyber-attack charges

The Obama administration on Sunday expelled Venezuela's consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyber-attacks on U.S. soil while she was stationed at her country's embassy in Mexico.

The State Department said it declared the diplomat, Livia Acosta Noguera, persona non grata and had given her until Tuesday to leave the country.

The Venezuelan government was notified of the decision on Friday, giving Acosta 72 hours to depart under standard diplomatic procedure, department spokesman Mark Toner said.

But news of her expulsion had been released hours earlier by Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, through his Twitter account.

Press reports published in Venezuela indicate that Acosta may have left for her country in late December, but there are no indications whether she later returned to Miami.

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