US assessing impact of ex-diplomat charged as Cuban spy

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STORY: The former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia, Victor Manuel Rocha, was charged on Monday with spying for Cuba for more than 40 years in what the Justice Department described as one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations of the U.S. government by a foreign agent.

Garland: “As detailed in the complaint, Rocha repeatedly referred to the United States as, quote, ‘the enemy’.”

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the former diplomat used his many positions within the government over the years to support Cuba's clandestine intelligence-gathering mission against the United States.

“To betray that trust by falsely pledging loyalty to the United States while serving a foreign power is a crime that will be met with the full force of the Justice Department.”

According to the DOJ, Rocha, who served as U.S. ambassador to Bolivia from 2000 to 2002 and held a number of high-profile diplomatic positions at the State Department, was charged with committing multiple federal crimes including acting as an illegal foreign agent and using a fraudulently obtained passport.

He sought out and obtained positions, according to Garland, that would provide him with access to non-public information and the ability to affect U.S. foreign policy

U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said the government was still assessing the damage from Rocha's infiltration.

“We will in the coming days, weeks, months work with our partners in the intelligence community to assess any long term national security implications for this matter.”

Rocha’s wife and lawyer were filmed outside a Miami courthouse Monday where the 73-year-old was set to appear before a federal judge after being arrested.