Two Cuban “diplomats” were expelled from the United States in May after our embassy employees in Cuba began suffering from strange illnesses while in Cuba. We put “diplomats” in quotes because their diplomats are tied to the intelligence services in Cuba who are all tied to the military.
None of the U.S. diplomats are suffering from life-threatening injuries, but there is a loss of hearing involved. A couple or a few, we don’t know how many, either asked to leave or were removed, WaPo reported.
Allegedly a covert sonic device might have been used on them. Those are the things used on mosquitos and to control birds. On bugs and birds, they’re called Zappers. Only these weapons would be used to injure or kill people. Some are long-range.
Sonic bullets, cannons and so on use extremely high-power sound waves . They can disrupt or destroy the eardrums of a target and cause severe pain or disorientation. This is usually sufficient to incapacitate a person. Less powerful sound waves can cause humans to experience nausea or discomfort. They are used in counter-terrorism operations and even in crowd control.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert provided some information this week.
“The Cuban government has a responsibility and an obligation,” to protect U.S. diplomats, Nauert said. “That is part of the reason why this is such a major concern of ours, why we take this so seriously.”
Nauru added, “Initially, when they’d started reporting what I will just call symptoms, it took time to figure out what it was, and this is still ongoing,” Nauert said. “We’re monitoring it. We provide medical care and concern to those who believe that they have been affected by it.”
The State Department separately said in a statement that it had “reminded the Cuban government of its obligations under the Vienna Convention to protect our diplomats.”
The State Department would not provide further information on the kinds of symptoms reported, and would not give a precise number of Americans who left Cuba as a result. The two expulsions are considered reciprocal, however, suggesting that the number of Americans who left their posts is close to two, WaPo reported.
What are we doing there at all?