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Victor Manuel Rocha, a former U.S. diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Bolivia from 1999 to 2002, was accused Monday of serving as a secret agent for the Cuban government for more than 40 years, in what prosecutors described as a of the most brazen and protracted betrayals in the history of the American foreign service.

Court documents allege that Rocha participated in multiple federal crimes on behalf of Cuba since at least 1981, including meeting with Cuban intelligence agents and providing false information to U.S. government officials about his travels and contacts.

US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland stated in the press release that Rocha allegedly sought and obtained positions in the US government that provided him with access to non-public information with the ability to “affect the foreign policy” of the country.

The 73-year-old defendant, whose two-decade career as a U.S. diplomat included senior positions in Bolivia, Argentina and the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, was arrested at his Miami home on Friday. During his first court appearance Monday, he cried while handcuffed and was ordered detained pending a bail hearing on Wednesday. Both his family and his lawyer declined to comment.

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