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Victor Manuel Rocha accused of being Cuban spy for 40 years

A former American diplomat and State Department employee, Victor Manuel Rocha, has been accused of acting as a secret agent for Cuba after an undercover FBI agent allegedly caught Rocha admitting to working against “the enemy” United States for 40 years, court records obtained by Law&Crime show.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday that Rocha, who resides in Miami, Florida, has been a foreign agent of the Cuban government while serving on the National Security Council from 1994 to 1995 and later as U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia from 2000 to 2002.

“We allege that for over 40 years, Victor Manuel Rocha … sought out and obtained positions within the United States government that would provide him access to nonpublic information and the ability to affect U.S. foreign policy,” Garland said.

Left: Manuel Rocha. YouTube screengrab WTSP. Right: An FBI seal is seen on a wall on Aug. 10, 2022, in Omaha, Neb. A former American diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Bolivia has been arrested in a long-running FBI counterintelligence investigation, accused of secretly serving as an agent of Cuba’s government, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Left: Manuel Rocha. YouTube screengrab WTSP. Right: An FBI seal is seen on a wall on Aug. 10, 2022, in Omaha, Neb. A former American diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Bolivia has been arrested in a long-running FBI counterintelligence investigation, accused of secretly serving as an agent of Cuba’s government, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

In the newly public complaint detailing the charges, prosecutors say that from 1981 to 2002, Rocha had access to so-called “nonpublic information including classified information” while he worked at the State Department, though the complaint is otherwise largely devoid of details about how those efforts may have shaped U.S. foreign policy.

Prosecutors say he moved from role to role at State, serving as a secretary to the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, deputy chief of mission at the American embassy in Dominic Republic and later, as the director of inter-American affairs for the National Security Council. He held other positions too including deputy chief of missions at the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires and then from November 1999 until roughly August 2022, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia.

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