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Cuban diplomats expelled over sonic attacks

By T.K. Randall
October 4, 2017 · Comment icon 17 comments

Diplomatic relations with Cuba are becoming increasingly strained. Image Credit: U.S. Department of State
The US has ordered 15 Cuban embassy officials to leave the country over a failure to protect US diplomats.
The move follows on from the withdrawal of up to 60% of the US government's embassy personnel from Cuba in response to a series of mysterious acoustic attacks in Havana.

To date, a total of 22 US officials have been targeted, each suffering from symptoms that include hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, balance problems, cognitive issues and difficulty sleeping.

The phenomenon was first acknowledged by the US government in August - a full nine months after the first incident occurred. So far no official explanation has been put forward and the attacks have reportedly left the FBI, the state department and US intelligence agencies scratching their heads.
"The decision was made due to Cuba's failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats in accordance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention," said secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

"This order will ensure equity in our respective diplomatic operations."

US officials appear to be confident that these really are deliberately targeted attacks but have stopped short of actively accusing Cuba of being directly responsible for them.

"The ministry of foreign affairs strongly protests and condemns this unfounded and unacceptable decision as well as the pretext used to justify it," said Cuba's Foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by AnchorSteam 7 years ago
It's up to the Cubans to solve this one, the questions are for them to answer. The question I'd like you to answer is, why would you want our Diplomats to stay in a place where they are facing a very serious health issue?
Comment icon #9 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Humm... I'm not convinced. I know that the state of technology, that is known to the public, is often several generations behind what the military actually has. It is not far fetched to believe that a weapon that could do this, that is man portable, has been created (maybe by the Russians) and is being field tested in Cuba. These is no hard data to prove this, but it is very conceivable, IMHO. However, like in some other articles I've read... Poisoning, or purposeful exposure to some viruses, can cause the same effects and are actually a lot more conceivable to be used against people like th... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
The articles I've read that are skeptical of such technology being used, state that the devices are horribly loud. However I notice that this fellow does not appear to even be wearing ear plugs?? I'm not sure, but when I was in the military, they 100% made us put in our ear plugs when we did shooting range certifications. I'm sure if this thing was super loud, this guy also would be wearing ear plugs. Maybe he'll put them in before it is turned on? Where pic came from....
Comment icon #11 Posted by OverSword 7 years ago
Dolphins can stun and kill prey with nothing but sound as well.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword 7 years ago
Perhaps you answered your own question. And I'm just going to add that what you are stating is what a layman believes to true, someone with more direct knowledge could very well tell you that you're not exactly right and someone working on top secret weapons systems may know that we can shake cause earthquakes with sounds that the human ear couldn't even detect. Just saying.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Gecks 7 years ago
Curious, I just had a bad case of the flu and displayed nearly all these symptoms.... Im thinking illness, bacteria and environmental causes need to be fully ruled out before jumping on the sonic weapon attack bandwagon
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Regardless of what caused this, Cuba has to at least help to find the answer or let us and the Canadians do it.  If the Cuban government's hands are clean in this there's no reason not to help unless tey are hiding something.
Comment icon #15 Posted by AnonsMouse 7 years ago
Huh. Many things could cause those symptoms. At least half a dozen people in Florida this spring experienced the same symptoms and were all diagnosed with some kind of viral bug that causes vertigo. On arriving home from Florida in April this year, I had those same symptoms. I was diagnosed with a non-functioning thyroid. Hormone replacement has taken care of most of that, with a few still present but lessening.  One would hope the govt. had sufficient medical tests before turning to some sort of conspiracy theory and at that, it's only a guess unless they really know something they aren't sa... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
I guess anything's possible, but my BS meter is getting pegged pretty hard here. What's more likely? A viral infection of some kind or a super-secret sonic weapon that is small enough to be undetectable and can pin-point target individuals ... oh, and was deployed in Cuba of all places? The math is hard on this one.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Chrismoh67 7 years ago
this was cia work,just making up an excuse to break relations with cuba.only dumb americans would believe this is cubas work.

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