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U.S. May Expel Two Cuban Diplomats

December 23, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ State department officials are weighing whether to expel three Cuban diplomats for alleged espionage activities in the United States, The Washington Post reported in Wednesday’s editions.

Government officials told the Cuban delegation to the United Nations Monday night that the United States tentatively planned to order the three to leave the country. the department gave the Cuban mission 24 hours to argue against expelling the three unidentified diplomats.

As of Tuesday night, the State Department still was discussing the matter, the Post said.

While the circumstances of the alleged espionage were unknown, the newspaper quoted sources as saying the issue was connected to the arrest of 10 people in Miami in September. They were accused of collecting information on military installations and of attempting to infiltrate an anti-Castro group in Florida.

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