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Miami Herald: Sonic Attacks Frayed US-Cuba Relations

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Tripplaar Kristoffer/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Oct 2017 10:18 PM

The sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba resulting in the State Department pulling most of its personnel out of the American embassy in Havana has stumped the U.S. government, and frayed the relationship between the two countries, the Miami Herald reported.

The U.S. has called the mysterious health ailments – diplomats have reported symptoms including hearing loss, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping – attacks and Cuba has said it is not at fault.

The investigation started in February, and intelligence experts told one of the congressional intelligence committees that ultrasound, infrared, or even Xray machines could have been used in the attacks, but they also said they were not sure about that information.

Initially some futuristic "sonic attack" was suspected, but no evidence has proven that theory and no devices have been found by the FBI and other agencies that searched homes and hotels where the incidents occurred. Diplomats reported piercing, high-pitched sounds followed by inexplicable ailments.

As a result, American authorities have expelled 15 members of Cuba's diplomatic staff from its embassy in Washington "due to Cuba's failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats in accordance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

The incidents come three years after the U.S. and Cuba announced a reestablishment of diplomatic relations after a break of more than five decades.

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The sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba resulting in the State Department pulling most of its personnel out of the American embassy in Havana has stumped the U.S. government, and frayed the relationship between the two countries, the Miami Herald reported.
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