Ex-US Ambassador Pleads Guilty To Spying For Cuba

The former US ambassador to Bolivia informed a federal judge Thursday that he will plead guilty to charges related to a decades-long effort to spy on the US government for communist Cuba.

Manuel Rocha, 73, told US District Court Judge Beth Bloom that he agreed to a deal offered by federal prosecutors that would see 13 criminal counts against him, including wire fraud and making false statements, dropped in exchange for his admission to conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government.

The two counts he will cop to carry a maximum sentence of between five and 10 years in prison.

However, prosecutors and an attorney for the career diplomat noted that a sentence for Rocha had also been agreed upon,the details of which were not disclosed.

The Justice Department charged Rocha in December, accusing him of working as a secret agent for the Cuban government’s top intelligence agency since 1981, the same year he began his long career at the State Department.

Rocha will formally plead guilty and be handed his sentence at an April 12 hearing.

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