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Former US ambassador Manuel Rocha has been arrested in Florida and accused of serving as an agent of Cuba. The arrest has sparked widespread discussion and speculation about the extent of Cuban influence in the United States.

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Shock and outrage at the arrest of former US ambassador for allegedly serving as an agent of Cuba, sparking concerns about national security and betrayal.

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Former US ambassador to Bolivia, Manuel Rocha, has been arrested in Florida and accused of serving as an agent for Cuba. [Washington Examiner] According to officials, Rocha was allegedly involved in a covert operation aimed at compromising the United States' intelligence-gathering capabilities in Bolivia. [Canberra Times] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly arrested Rocha after an investigation that began in 2021. [Newsmax]

Rocha had served as the US ambassador to Bolivia from 2000 to 2002 and was reportedly well-respected during his tenure. [Daily Mail] However, the indictment against him accuses Rocha of working with Cuban intelligence officers and receiving payments from them. [The Globe and Mail] The charges against him include acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, conspiracy to provide classified information to a foreign government, and making false statements to federal authorities. [News Nation Now]

While the details of Rocha's alleged espionage activities remain undisclosed, it is believed that the operation concerned US intelligence gathering efforts in Bolivia, a country with which the US has had strained relations. [HuffPost] The case against Rocha is said to have been built on intercepted communications and other evidence. [MarketWatch] In addition to the FBI, the investigation involved the US Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. [Star Tribune]

The arrest of such a high-ranking former diplomat has raised concerns about the potential vulnerability of the US government to foreign influence. [My Northwest] It highlights the need for increased vigilance in monitoring the activities of individuals with access to sensitive information. [Washington Times] Rocha is expected to face a trial in federal court, and if convicted, he could face significant prison time. [HuffPost]

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