Venezuela expels US Embassy official for 'spying'

Published March 05, 2013


A U.S. Embassy official expelled from Venezuela for allegedly spying on the military is en route back to the United States, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday the country had expelled the American Air Force attache for meeting with military officers and planning to destabilize the country.

Embassy spokesman Greg Adams identified the attache as David Delmonaco.

He said he did not immediately know Delmonaco's rank.

Foreign Minister Elias Jaua also announced the expulsion of a second U.S. official, also a U.S. Air Force attache.

Maduro spoke hours after the government said Chavez was in "very delicate" health after undergoing cancer surgery in December.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.