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Venezuela presidential palace employee arrested

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -

Venezuelan authorities say an employee of the country's presidential palace has been arrested and is accused of spreading confidential information.

The Public Ministry says in a statement that Dr. Ana Maria Abreu was detained under a court order last week. It says the doctor worked in the presidential palace for 12 years and had been providing medical care to storm evacuees and other needy people.

It's unclear what sort of information the doctor is accused of releasing. A Monday statement from the Public Ministry says only that she has been linked to the release of confidential information during the past two years.

Abreu is a sister-in-law of Venezuelan activist Rocio San Miguel, a government critic who leads an organization that monitors security and defense issues.

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