A federal immigration panel overturned a ruling granting bail to a Cuban intelligence agent who was arrested crossing the Mexican border to seek political asylum in the United States.

Juan Manuel Rodriguez-Camejo, 40, a major in Cuba's counterintelligence agency, was to have been released on $7,500 bail Friday but the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington ruled late in the day that Rodriguez-Camejo was too great a security risk to release."We are dealing with a master of deception who has been in the business for the past 24 years," Robert McCowan, an Immigration and Naturalization Service investigator, told The San Diego Union.