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Chavez says his government will close consulate in Miami over diplomatís expulsion
The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2012

Posted on 01/13/2012 8:34:56 PM PST by La Lydia

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that his government will close its consulate in Miami after the U.S. government expelled a diplomat. Chavez said he decided the consulate will shut its doors in response to what he called an unfair action by the U.S. State Department...Livia Acosta Noguera, Venezuela’s consul general in Miami, was ordered out of the U.S. last weekend followed an FBI investigation into allegations that she discussed a possible cyber-attack on the U.S. government while she was assigned to the Venezuelan Embassy in Mexico. The allegations were detailed in a documentary aired by the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision.

The documentary was based on recordings of conversations with her and other officials, and 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.

“There’s no proof that she was going around carrying out espionage,” Chavez said...

The consulate in Miami, which covers the states of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, is one of Venezuela’s largest in the United States. According to U.S. Census figures, the number of Venezuelans in the United States increased from 91,500 in 2000 to 215,000 in 2010.

The Organization of Venezuelans in Exile says 160,000 to 200,000 of those Venezuelans live in Florida.

Closing the consulate is “a maneuver by Chavez to impede the ... (October) presidential elections in Miami, which is the most important electoral center” for Venezuelan voters outside their home country, said Elio Aponte, president of the exile group...

Chavez announced the closure in the middle of his state-of-the-nation speech, which lasted more than eight hours....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cuba; fifthcolumn; florida; hugochavez; iran; mexico; miami; terror; venezuela
Univision 1 -- Chavez 0 And these were hardly "allegations." They had her on tape saying it.
1 posted on 01/13/2012 8:35:03 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

ping


2 posted on 01/13/2012 8:36:06 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
That's fine with me Hugo!

Don't let the door hitya where the good Lord splitya!

3 posted on 01/13/2012 8:38:06 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: La Lydia

When Venezuela closes their consulate in Miami, will anyone notice?


4 posted on 01/13/2012 8:39:17 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: La Lydia

National Autonomous University of Mexico

yup.


5 posted on 01/13/2012 8:51:40 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: La Lydia

“.......his state-of-the-nation speech, which lasted more than eight hours....”

SHEESH!


6 posted on 01/13/2012 8:52:10 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: La Lydia

So!


7 posted on 01/13/2012 8:52:10 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks La Lydia.

From the Don’t Let The Door Hit Your Ass On the Way Out desk.


8 posted on 01/13/2012 8:53:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!)
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To: La Lydia
Oh my, what will we do without you?? I am so truly sorry for you having to leave like this./s
9 posted on 01/13/2012 9:02:09 PM PST by annieokie
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To: La Lydia
Oh my, what will we do without you?? I am so truly sorry for you having to leave like this./s
10 posted on 01/13/2012 9:02:09 PM PST by annieokie
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To: La Lydia

Chevez is still alive? Who knew.


11 posted on 01/13/2012 9:07:27 PM PST by GILTN1stborn (Can you hear me now?)
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To: La Lydia

Good.


12 posted on 01/13/2012 9:14:46 PM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Army Air Corps

Venezuela has a consulate in Miami? Who knew?

I wonder how many Venezuelans, or Americans, for that matter, are pounding on that consulate door?


13 posted on 01/13/2012 9:31:10 PM PST by This Just In
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To: La Lydia
Forget the consulate, I'm eager for the closing of Chavez' casket.
14 posted on 01/13/2012 10:01:59 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: La Lydia

And...then?


15 posted on 01/14/2012 12:02:27 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: La Lydia

“...his state-of-the-nation speech, which lasted more than eight hours....”

Better lay off the Red Bull, Hugo - they say it causes cancer...


16 posted on 01/14/2012 12:06:55 AM PST by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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