CARACAS, January 10 (Itar-Tass) —— The USA’s decision to expel Venezuela's Consul General in Miami Livia Acosta Noguera is groundless, President Hugo Chavez told a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Mahmound Ahmadinejad, who was visiting Venezuela.
“This is another demonstration of the Yankee Empire’s arrogance,” Chavez said adding that Livia Acosta will not have to leave the territory of the USA, as she had been staying in Venezuela since December “in order to avoid emerging of a dangerous situation.”
“Together with the forieign ministry we shall consider how to respond to another attack against our people, this country and our revolution,” Chavez said.
The United States of America has declared Venezuela's consul general in Miami persona non grata and said she must leave the country by January 10.
In early December, the US Spanish-language television channel the Univision broadcasted a documentary called Iranian Threat, which said that Iranian terrorists in 2006 with the assistance from Venezuelans and Cubans prepared cyber attacks on nuclear power plants in the territory of the United States. Besides, other targets of the cyber attacks were supposed to be the White House, the CIS and FBI. The film featured interviews of those who confirmed that the cyber attacks had been prepared jointly by agents of Iran, Cuba and Venezuela. The authors of the film also stated that Venezuela's Consul General in Miami Livia Acosta, who used to be working at the embassy in Mexico, supported contacts with Cubans and Iranians, who were preparing the cyber attack of several objects in the USA, and attracted radical students of Mexico’s Autonomous Technological University.
Following the broadcast of the film, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez disclaimed the Univision’s statements regarding involvement of his country in preparations of a cyber attack of several objects in the USA.
“This lie is used as a reason for attacking us,” he said.