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- Former US Bolivia Ambassador Exposed as a Cuba Agent
Former US Bolivia Ambassador Exposed as a Cuba Agent
Rocha Spent 40 Years Spying on the US
In a shocking revelation, federal prosecutors have announced that a retired State Department official, Manuel Rocha, had been secretly working as a spy for Cuba for over three decades. The criminal complaint, filed in federal court in Miami, details Rocha's clandestine activities in aiding Cuba's intelligence-gathering mission against the United States.
Rocha, 73, who served in various roles at the State Department under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, including a stint as ambassador to Bolivia, is alleged to have met with handlers from Cuba's premier spy agency as recently as 2017.
Prosecutors claim that Rocha boasted about his 40 years of spying on behalf of the communist government, stating that his actions had "strengthened the revolution immensely."
The extent of Rocha's infiltration within the US government is staggering. As he rose through the ranks of the diplomatic corps and the National Security Council, he used his positions to access nonpublic information and influence US foreign policy. Rocha's expertise in Latin American affairs made him a valuable asset to Cuba's covert operations.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, speaking at a press conference in Washington, called Rocha's actions "one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations of the US government by a foreign agent." He emphasized the seriousness of the case and the need for heightened vigilance in detecting and countering foreign espionage.
This revelation comes as part of a broader effort by the US government to address foreign interference in American affairs. Garland's tenure as Attorney General has seen a string of cases involving foreign agents attempting to spy on, infiltrate, and influence various aspects of the US government and law enforcement.
The implications of Rocha's actions raise concerns about national security and the integrity of the US government. The fact that a high-ranking State Department official could operate undetected for decades underscores the need for improved counterintelligence measures and enhanced screening processes.
As the investigation unfolds, authorities will be looking into Rocha's connections, potential collaborators, and the impact of his actions on US foreign policy. The case serves as a reminder of the persistent threats faced by the US government and the importance of remaining vigilant to safeguard national interests.