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He offered no other details, but his accusation followed the State Department’s expulsion of Venezuela’s consul-general in Miami last week after a news documentary linked her to an Iranian plot to disrupt computer systems at U.S. nuclear power plants.

Mr. Maduro blamed the unspecified threats on a “group of organizations bringing together Venezuelans who fled justice” to seek political asylum in the U.S. Reports from the Venezuelan capital said he accused the exiles of having links to terrorists.

The Organization of Venezuelans in Exile estimates that as many as 200,000 Venezuelans live in Florida.


Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Union commissioner for research, innovation and science. She addresses the European Institute about transatlantic cooperation in science.

• Peter Wittig, Germany’s ambassador to the United Nations, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on the transformation in the Middle East.

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