According to The Associated Press, a former American ambassador to Bolivia has been detained on suspicion of acting as a covert agent for the Cuban government.
According to officials, a criminal complaint led to the 73-year-old Manuel Rocha’s arrest in Miami on Friday.
More information regarding the case is reportedly anticipated to be released during a court hearing on Monday.
According to one of the two complainants, Rocha is accused in the Justice Department case of advancing the objectives of the Cuban regime.
The Justice Department, which has increased its criminal prosecution of illicit foreign lobbying in recent years, requires anybody doing the political bidding of a foreign government or entity inside the United States to register with the agency by federal law.
Records show that Rocha served as a diplomat for 25 years, mostly in Latin America during the Cold War, both Democratic and Republican administrations.
In addition, Rocha worked as a Latin America specialist for the National Security Council and was stationed in Italy, Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
When contacted by the AP, Karla Wittkop Rocha, Rocha’s wife, declined to comment. She said, “I don’t need to talk to you,” and hung up.
Additionally, the Justice Department chose not to respond.