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Canadian government sued over 'sonic attacks'

By T.K. Randall
February 7, 2019 · Comment icon 24 comments



Is still remains unclear who or what is responsible. Image Credit: Javier Zubiri / FreeImages.com
A group of Canadian diplomats has filed a lawsuit after succumbing to the mysterious 'sonic attacks' in Cuba.
The drama surrounding the phenomenon has shown no signs of abating this week as over a dozen Canadian diplomats who had been stationed in Havana have taken legal action against their own country's government on the basis that it took too long to evacuate and treat them.

The so-called 'sonic attacks' have inflicted dozens of diplomats in the Cuban capital with a range of ailments including dizziness, headaches, memory loss and fatigue.

"Throughout the crisis, Canada downplayed the seriousness of the situation, hoarded and concealed critical health and safety information, and gave false, misleading and incomplete information to diplomatic staff," the diplomats said in a statement.
One of the diplomats, who has chosen to remain anonymous, expressed concern about his wife.

"She has gaps in her memory, headaches, problems hearing," he said. "She picks up the telephone to make a call but forgets why, enters rooms without reason."

The exact nature of the 'attacks' has been under investigation for months and while several possible explanations for the phenomenon have been put forward, no definitive answer has yet been found.

"I am not going to comment on the specifics, but I do want to reiterate that I have met with some of these diplomats and, as I said to them, their health and safety needs to be our priority," Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said during a news conference.

Source: BBC News | Comments (24)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
Oooh.. now that IS interesting !
Comment icon #16 Posted by Mr Walker 4 years ago
you are probably correct, but effective sonic weapons have been in effect for some time They have actually been used to drive off pirates and disperse riots. I just find it hard to believe that they would be used in this way by a govt, when the comeback would be so severe. It is actually more likely that they are an unintended (and unexpected) side effect of high level electronic surveillance.
Comment icon #17 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
Hmm.. the surveilance angle is an interesting one. But why Canada ? Why not the British embassy, or the French ? Or the Chinese ?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Mr Walker 4 years ago
I don't know enough about the current politics to comment but i would be surprised if all embassies of America's friends and enemies in significant countries were not constantly being surveilled. Maybe something just went wrong with the technology in this case .
Comment icon #19 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
Hmm.. perhaps. Although it would have been TWO cases, as the American ambassadorial staff where supposedly effected as well. Funny that we don't hear much about them anymore ?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Mr Walker 4 years ago
Are you referring to the cases in China? I hadn't actually heard about the Canadian diplomats, but that is fairly typical in global news. UsuallyUSA -centric
Comment icon #21 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
I hadn't heard about the cases in China ? I was referring to Cuba; both Canadian and American diplomats complained of being effected ?
Comment icon #22 Posted by Mr Walker 4 years ago
https://theconversation.com/sonic-attacks-in-china-and-cuba-how-sound-can-be-a-weapon-97380
Comment icon #23 Posted by RoofGardener 4 years ago
Pure speculation, backed by no evidence - or even science - whatsoever
Comment icon #24 Posted by Mr Walker 4 years ago
Plentyof science that such devices are possible. The y have indeed been effectively used for both electronic surveillance, and as weapons, but i agree that in this case thereare many possible causes, froman illness, to something in the environment, like mould spores. A weapons attack doesn't really make any sense, but the unforeseen effects of powerful electronic surveillance (which occurs in most major embassies around the world every day ) isquite possible .


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