LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — President Evo Morales on Monday ordered a U.S. diplomat to leave the country, alleging he was conspiring with opposition groups. The leftist leader also expelled the U.S. ambassador six months ago.
Morales said that "deep investigations" had determined that the U.S. Embassy's second secretary, Francisco Martinez, "was in permanent contact with opposition groups."
The U.S. government had no immediate comment, although an embassy official said Martinez was a career diplomat whose portfolio was political affairs. The official was not authorized to discuss the expulsion and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Last week, Morales publicly accused Martinez of "coordinating contacts" with a Bolivian police officer whom he accused of infiltrating the state oil company on behalf of the CIA. The oil company has been plagued by a corruption scandal that landed its president, a close Morales ally, in jail.