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US charges former ambassador with more than forty years of spying for Cuba

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The United States on Monday indicted a former ambassador for allegedly spying for Cuban intelligence for more than 40 years. It is described as one of the most far-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations within the US government ever.

Victor Manuel Rocha is accused of committing multiple crimes, including acting as an illegal foreign agent and using a fraudulently obtained passport. Rocha was US ambassador to Bolivia from 2000 to 2002, but is said to have started spying in 1981.

“We allege that Victor Manuel Rocha served as an agent of the Cuban government for over forty years and sought and obtained positions within the U.S. government that provided him with access to non-public information and the ability to influence U.S. foreign policy Prosecutor Merrick Garland said in a statement Monday.

Rocha admitted his decades of work for Cuba during a series of meetings in 2022 and 2023 with an undercover FBI agent posing as an undercover representative of Cuban intelligence. Rocha, now 73, has been arrested and is expected to appear before a federal judge in Miami on Monday.

Rocha held numerous other positions before working as an ambassador
Rocha worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 2002. He served on the White House National Security Council from 1994 to 1995 and served as an advisor to the commander of the US Army Southern Command from around 2006 to around 2012.

A US State Department spokesman said he could not provide details about the case. The consequences of the issue are currently being mapped out.

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