Cuban Diplomats Expelled After US Embassy Staff 'Incidents' In Havana

by Noah Mcgee August 11, 2017, 0:09
Cuban Diplomats Expelled After US Embassy Staff 'Incidents' In Havana

There was freaky news out of the U.S. State Department on Wednesday as the Associated Press reported that U.S. diplomats had to return home from Cuba after experiencing "physical symptoms", which included "potentially permanent hearing loss". The incidents left multiple employees with "a variety of physical symptoms", she said, and as a result the State Department "had to bring some Americans home".

She characterized the incidents as non-life threatening, however, there is an FBI and Diplomatic Security Service investigation into what occurred over the past few months.

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. diplomats, who were living in housing owned and maintained by the Cuban government, began suffering unexplained losses of hearing in fall 2016.

"We first heard of these incidents back in late 2016", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

"The Cuban government has been harassing United States personnel working in Havana for decades", he said.

The State Department revealed a fresh diplomatic dispute between the US and Cuba Wednesday when it acknowledged that it believes American diplomats serving in Cuba were subject to an "acoustic attack" in fall 2016 using a covert sonic weapon that left the Americans with severe hearing loss.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Cuba "placed sonic devices that produce non-audible sound inside or outside the residences of roughly five U.S. embassy staffers with the intent of deafening them", The Guardian says.

The ministry said it had created an expert committee to analyze the incidents and had reinforced security around the USA embassy and US diplomatic residences.

In fact, American diplomats who were stationed in Cuba in 2016 returned home with hearing-loss issues.

'Game of Thrones' episode leaked online not related to HBO hack
HBO has not confirmed on how much data was stolen, nor is it commenting on the hackers' claims of what titles they have obtained. This comes after the episode premiered to 16.1 million Live+Same Day viewers, HBO's biggest premiere audience ever.

A series of "bizarre" incidents attributed to a "covert sonic device" led to several U.S diplomats experiencing unexplained hearing losses, The Associated Press reported. "We asked two officials who were accredited at the Embassy of Cuba in the United States to depart the United States".

Meanwhile, on Fox News Channel's Special Report, Anchor Bret Baier delivered a news brief on the developing story.

"The Cuban government has a responsibility and an obligation under the Geneva convention to protect our diplomats, so that is part of the reason why this is such a major concern of ours". We're taking that situation seriously and it's under investigation right now. "We have worked with the Cubans to try and find out what is going on".

The Cuban government itself released a statement on Wednesday in which it denied any wrongdoing and said the expulsion of its diplomats was "unjustified and baseless".

Cuba's foreign ministry said that in February it launched an "urgent investigation at the behest of the highest level of the Cuban government" into the incidents, adding that the country would never allow actions against diplomats and their families on its soil.

The American authorities have expelled two Cuban diplomats following a mysterious "attack" on staff in the United States embassy in Havana.

"Because there are a variety of symptoms, there could be a variety of sources", she said.

President Trump has criticized the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba, calling it "a completely one-sided deal".


TOP News

'I Think I Can Get Probation.' Martin Shkreli Unshaken After Fraud Conviction
But Shkreli was acquitted of that charge, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which Brafman referred to as "the money count". Prosecutors contended he told investors " lies upon lies " during his scheme, although investors ultimately made money .

Australian Olympic Champion Betty Cuthbert dies
AUSTRALIA:At the age of 18, Cuthbert won three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics - the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays. She'd bought some tickets to attend the Games as a spectator because she wasn't certain she'd qualify for the team.

Tracking the Tropics: Franklin set to strike Mexico twice
National Weather Service showed Franklin moving steadily west-northwest until making landfall on the Yucatan just north of Belize. AccuWeather meteorologists are projecting Franklin to be close to hurricane strength prior to a second landfall in Mexico .

Dow Jones and S&P top record highs
Meanwhile, investors will continue to closely track the second-quarter earnings season to see if pricey valuations are justified. Energy stocks also fell along with the price of crude oil . "I think it's dragging the broader market higher", he said.

Dolphins, Jay Cutler agree to 1-year deal
Cutler had agreed to join the Fox broadcasting team, raising hopes of the delicious things that an unfettered Cutler might say. Backup Matt Moore doesn't have this kind of arm and neither does starter Ryan Tannehill for that matter.

RSS cadres attacking, killing our men in Kerala, says CPI-M
It will only increase their determination to work harder against those who are perpetuating this operation", Jaitley said. This led to several bandhs across Kerala and a long phase of political violence. "We will not forget this heinous act.

Steph Curry calls out pro after breaking 76 on debut
Curry, who finished 3rd last month at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, tees off in the second round at 11:15 a.m. With Friday fast approaching, it's yet to be seen if Lower has a plan to get inside Curry's head for day two as well.

New England Patriots become first National Football League team to own customized planes
Patriots spokesman Stacey James said that team officials would not be publicly commenting on the acquisitions. The plan is that one plane will be the primary one used for transportation to and from game locations.

Israeli minister asks for closure of Al Jazeera's offices in Jerusalem
Israel has regularly accused the broadcaster of bias in its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Al Jazeera , which launched in 1996, was barred from the news conference .

Supreme Leader of Iran Formally Endorses Rouhani After Re-Election as President
The accord lifted the nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in exchange for certain restrictions on its nuclear activities. However, Iran said earlier this week that it would lodge a complaint with the commission that oversees its implementation.