‘Sonic attack’: Canadian diplomat in Cuba also suffered hearing damage

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One or more Canadians changed after suspected help of sound weapon against US personnel in Havana have contributed to ouster of Cuban diplomats from Washington

At least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba has been treated for discovering loss following disclosures that a group of American diplomats in Havana declined severe hearing loss that US administrators speculate was caused by an advanced sonic device.

Brianne Maxwell, Canadian government spokeswoman for global affairs, announced agents are aware of unusual manifestations altering Canadian and US diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana. The government is actively working including with US and Cuban authorities to ascertain the cause.

Maxwell added that officials did not have any reason to believe Canadian sightseers and other pilgrims could be affected.

Canada facilitated agent talks between Cuba and the United States that led to restored diplomatic relations.

In the autumn of 2016 a series of US statesmen embarked declining unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the dispute. Several of the mediators were recent arrivals at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of President Barack Obamas re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Some of the US mediators symptoms were so severe they were forced to cancel their safaruss early and return to the United States, agents announced. After months of investigation US officials concluded that the statesmen had been attacked with an advanced sonic weapon that operated outside the collection of audible racket and had been distributed either inside or outside their residences.

It was not immediately clear if the invention was a artillery used in a deliberate strike, or had some other purpose.

The US representatives werent authorised to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US retaliated by expelling two Cuban statesmen from their delegation in Washington on 23 May. She did not mention how many US envoys were affected or strengthen they had suffered hearing loss, saying only that they had a variety of physical symptoms.

The Cuban government said in a lengthy proclamation belatedly on Wednesday that Cuba “ve never” countenanced , nor will permit, that Cuban territory be used for any action against accredited diplomatic officials or their own families, with no exception.

The statement from the Cuban foreign ministry said it had been informed on 17 February of the incidents and propelled an extensive, high-priority, dire investigation at the behest of the highest level of the Cuban government.

It said the decision to ostracized two Cuban envoys was unwarranted and baseless.

The ministry said it had created an expert committee to analyse the incidents and had reinforced protection all over the American embassy and US diplomatic residences.

Cuba is universally considered a safe destination for guests and foreign diplomats, including US citizens, the statement said.

US officials told the Associated Press that about five mediators, several with spouses, had been affected and that no juveniles had been involved. The FBI and Diplomatic Security Service are investigating.

Cuba fills a state security apparatus that deters countless parties under surveillance and US envoys are among the most closely monitored people on small island developing. Like nearly all foreign diplomats in Cuba, the victims of the accident lived in housing owned and maintained by the Cuban government.

However, representatives familiar with the probe said investigators were looking into the possibilities that the incidents were carried out by third world countries such as Russia, perhaps operating without the knowledge of Cubas formal chain of command.

Nauert said investigators did not yet have a definite excuse for the incidents but stressed they make them very seriously, as shown by the Cuban diplomats expulsions.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ world/ 2017/ aug/ 11/ sonic-attack-canadian-diplomat-in-cuba-also-suffered-hearing-damage

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