Ex-Bill Clinton Official Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Spying for Cuba

An official from former President Bill Clinton’s administration has just been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Communist Cuba for decades.

Victor Manuel Rocha was a former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia appointed by Clinton.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was caught spying on behalf of Cuba for four decades.

Rocha pled guilty to charges that he worked for Cuba’s spy service for decades on Friday.

Prosecutors described Rocha’s case as the longest-running betrayal of the U.S. government in history.

Rocha allegedly spent 40 years spying for Cuba and planned to fight the charges when he denied his guilt in February, as Slay News reported.

However, it quickly became apparent that the case against him was too strong.

Rocha opted to take the easy way out by pleading guilty.

His guilty plea meant he received a sentence of 15 years in prison which seems extraordinarily lenient.

Prosecutors gave Rocha a plea deal for 15 years and U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom took issue with that in the hearing on Friday.

Since Rocha’s citizenship was left intact and no recourse for possible victims was discussed, some expected Judge Bloom to reject the plea deal on the grounds that it was too lenient.

However, prosecutors defended their plea deal stating that since Rocha is 73, there is a strong chance that he will die in prison before his release day in 2039.

The plea deal was also amended to include restitution for potential victims of Rocha’s spying activities.

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The question of his citizenship is still undecided and will likely be decided in a future civil case.

David Newman, a top national security official at the Justice Department, issued a statement saying:

“For most of his life, Mr. Rocha lived a lie.

“While holding various senior positions in the U.S. government, he was secretly acting as the Cuban government’s agent.

“That is a staggering betrayal of the American people.”

While Rocha will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, there are still questions that need to be answered about how a double agent was allowed to spy on the United States for Cuba for nearly half a century.

Rocha first joined the State Department in 1981.

He bounced around a handful of different positions for the next two decades.

Rocha became an ambassador thanks to Bill Clinton.

However, the situation raises questions about how many other individuals with other loyalties have climbed the ranks.

The FBI began its investigation of Rocha in 2022.

When he met with an undercover agent, Rocha reportedly referred to the U.S. as “the enemy.”

Rocha also reportedly told the agent that “What has been done, has strengthened the Revolution.

“It has strengthened it immensely.”

In light of that, 15 years in prison seems criminally soft.

Many argue that capital punishment for such a betrayal would be more appropriate.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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