Cuba: U.S., Canadian diplomats suffer hearing loss; possible acoustic attack?

Cuba: U.S., Canadian diplomats suffer hearing loss; possible acoustic attack?
Obama and bestie Raul Castro do The Wave at the besbol game in Cuba on Brussels Terror Attack Day, 2016. (Image: Video screen grab via Twitter)

[Ed. – The same thing is being reported in Canadian media.]

The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device.

In the fall of 2016, a series of U.S. diplomats began suffering unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the case. Several of the diplomats were recent arrivals at the U.S. Embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of former President Barack Obama’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Some of the diplomats’ symptoms were so severe that they were forced to cancel their tours early and return to the United States, officials said. After months of investigation, U.S. officials concluded that the diplomats had been exposed to an advanced device that operated outside the range of audible sound and had been deployed either inside or outside their residences. It was not immediately clear whether the device was a weapon used in a deliberate attack or had some other purpose.

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