Former U.S. Ambassador Pleads Not Guilty to Spying for Cuba

Former U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, Victor Manuel Rocha, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of spying for Cuba’s intelligence agency for four decades. Rocha, who held high-level security clearances during his tenure, is accused of seeking positions within the U.S. government to gain access to non-public information and influence U.S. foreign policy.

Attorney General Merrick Garland described the case as one of the most extensive infiltrations of the U.S. government by a foreign agent. The indictment alleges that Rocha was recruited by Cuba’s spy agency, the Directorate of Intelligence, in 1973 while in Chile. The FBI had been investigating Rocha for at least a year before his arrest, during which several meetings between Rocha and an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of Cuba’s spy agency took place.

According to the complaint, Rocha referred to the U.S. as “the enemy” during these meetings and expressed his concern for the safety of Cuba’s leadership and revolution. He allegedly created a cover story of being a right-wing person to conceal his double life as a spy. The complaint also revealed that Rocha met with his Cuban handlers as recently as 2017, using both his American and Dominican passports to travel.

Rocha, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 1978, worked for the State Department for over two decades, including serving as ambassador to Bolivia from 2000 to 2002. He also held positions at the National Security Council and the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana. After leaving the State Department, he became an adviser to the commander of the U.S. Southern Command, responsible for Cuba.

The case has shed light on Cuba’s highly effective spy agency, which has been known to penetrate the U.S. government for decades. Ana Montes, a former Defense Intelligence Agency employee, was released from prison in January 2022 after being convicted of spying for Cuba. Montes had access to top-secret information and revealed sensitive intelligence to the Cubans, including the identities of undercover U.S. intelligence officers.

Prosecutors revealed that Rocha praised Montes during his meetings with the undercover FBI agent, referring to her as someone who would have done much more if not betrayed. However, it is unclear whether Rocha and Montes were aware of each other’s double lives as Cuban agents.

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