JANUARY 09, 2012
After dragging its feet for an entire month, the Obama Administration finally expelled from the country a Venezuelan diplomat who participated in a plot with Middle Eastern terrorists to attack the United States from Mexico.
The alarming scheme was exposed in early December in a documentary broadcast by the world’s largest Spanish news network, Univision. The exposé focused on how Middle Eastern terrorists have infiltrated Latin American countries—especially Mexico—to plan an attack against the United States.
A taped segment includes the Venezuelan consul in Miami Florida, Livia Acosta Noguera, asking a Mexican hacker to give her access codes to nuclear facilities in the United States as part of an Iranian-backed plot to attack the country. At the time Acosta Noguera worked as cultural attaché at the Venezuelan embassy in Mexico.
The consul’s segment was part of never-before-seen footage illustrating how Iran’s growing political, economic and military ties to Latin America threaten U.S. security. The videos were part of a seven-month investigation in which college-aged Mexicans infiltrated diplomatic circles in Mexico to obtain recordings that prove diplomats from Iran, Venezuela and Cuba planned a cybernetic attack against the White House, FBI, Pentagon and U.S. nuclear plants.
The documentary also features secret video taken by extremists linked to Iran and footage from an undercover journalist who infiltrated Venezuelan military camps where terrorists trained. The news network’s investigative team also tracked the expansion of Iranian interests in the hemisphere, including money-laundering and drug-trafficking activities by terrorist groups supported by Iran.
It’s baffling that the Obama Administration allowed Acosta Noguera to keep her diplomatic post in Miami after she was outed on national television for participating in a plot to attack America. A south Florida newspaper reveals that Acosta Noguera and her Miami vice consul, Edgard Gonzalez Belandria, are actually registered with the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (known by its Spanish acronym SEBIN), indicating that they are on the intelligence service’s payroll.
A news service dedicated to covering Latin America got a hold of the State Department’s official eviction notice, which reads: The Department of State informs the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela that in accordance with Article 23 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the Department declares Ms. Livia Anotnieta Acosta Noguera, Venezuelan Consul General in Miami, Florida to be persona non grata. As such, she should depart the United States within 72 hours upon receipt of this diplomatic note.
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