Ex-US Ambassador Spying for Cuba Gets 15-Year Sentence

April 13, 2024 / 10:58 AM
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security speaks during a press conference on Victor Manuel Rocha
Sharjah24 - AFP: A former US ambassador who pleaded guilty to spying for Cuba for over four decades was sentenced in federal court on Friday to 15 years in prison.
Victor Manuel Rocha, 73, was arrested in December for what US officials called "one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations of the United States government by a foreign agent."

Rocha pleaded not guilty in February to charges of conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government but later accepted a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Judge Beth Bloom, after a three-and-a-half hour hearing in Miami on Friday, told Rocha she would give him "the maximum penalty permitted by law."

In addition to the 15-year sentence, Rocha was given a $500,000 fine.
April 13, 2024 / 10:58 AM

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