Former US ambassador confesses to spying for Cuba for 40 years

The striking thing about Rocha was that he still worked as an active agent of Cuban intelligence during the time of his arrest.

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Former US ambassador confesses to spying for Cuba for 40 years

WASHIGNTON, 1 March: A former ambassador of the US to Bolivia will plead guilty to spying for the Cuban intelligence services for more than 40 years.

The former diplomat Victor Manuel Rocha served the US government on multiple occasions under multiple administrations.

The US Justice Department described Rocha’s case as America’s most high-profile espionage infiltration of the US government by a foreign agent.

The 73-year-old diplomat worked as US ambassador to Bolivia from 1999 to 2002 and served in several government roles including 25 years at the National Security Council.

Rocha admits to working as an agent

The evidence collected by US investigators includes covert recordings of Mr Rocha. Mr Rocha has admitted to working for Cuba for decades, praising the late Cuban leader, Fidel Castro as “Commandante”, and calling the United States “the enemy”.

Rocha was arrested in December 2023 from his Miami home on allegations that he had been involved in suspicious activity since 1981 when he started his service as US diplomat.

The striking thing about Rocha was that he still worked as an active agent of Cuban intelligence during the time of his arrest.

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