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.

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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".

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