US former ambassador purses 15-year prison sentence for government espionage on U.S

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Victor Manuel Rocha, a former US ambassador to Bolivia, received a 15-year prison sentence for spying on the US government for more than ten years.

Rocha worked as a Cuban spy for the US government.

Rocha was sentenced on Friday by US District Judge Beth Bloom of Miami, who had accepted his guilty plea on two charges, one of which was serving as an agent of a foreign government.

Rocha also received the maximum penalty of $500,000 in fines.

Attorney General Merrick Garland called the case including the former US Ambassador’s indictment in December “one of the most extensive and persistent infiltrations of the US government by a foreign agent.”

Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen addressed the issue as follows:

With today’s plea and sentencing, the defendant’s more than forty years of treachery and deceit come to an end.

“Rocha acknowledged that every oath he took to the United States was a lie, and that he was acting as an agent of the Cuban government at the same time he held numerous positions of trust in the U.S. government—a staggering betrayal of the American people.”

Throughout his more than 20 years in public service, Rocha held prominent positions in multiple embassies, the White House under the Bill Clinton administration, and as ambassador to Bolivia from 2000 to 2002.

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