A former American ambassador has been charged with spying for Cuba.

Victor Manuel Rocha, who served as the US ambassador to Bolivia, is accused of having spied for the Caribbean nation for 40 years.

He was arrested last week in Miami, following an undercover investigation that lasted more than a year.

The US Attorney General, Merrick Garland, was quoted as saying: ‘For over 40 years, Victor Manuel Rocha served as an agent of the Cuban government and sought out and obtained positions within the United States government that would provide him with access to non-public information and the ability to affect US foreign policy.’

According to the BBC, Rocha was born in Colombia before moving to the US, where he received degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities. He joined the State Department in 1981, before serving as the country’s ambassador to Bolivia from 1999 to 2002.

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