The Case of a Brain-Damaging 'Sonic Weapon' in Cuba Is Only Getting Stranger and Scarier
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The baffling story of US diplomats in Cuba suffering hearing loss and brain damage in some sort of covert “health attack” just gets stranger and more terrifying with every new report. The Associated Press has learned that victims’ recollections and symptoms are even more varied and serious than we previously knew.
The AP spoke with more than a dozen people from the US and Cuba who have been briefed on the investigation into exactly what’s happening to the diplomats that have been sent to Havana. The attacks allegedly began in late 2016 and Washington has spent this year trying to understand how these envoys could sustain permanent hearing damage, mild traumatic brain injury, and even possible damage to the central nervous system. The State Department has remained tight-lipped on details citing the ongoing investigation and privacy of the victims.
Previous reports claimed that US officials had concluded that “an advanced sonic weapon that operated outside the range of audible sound” had been used to target US diplomats and family members. They believed that the device was either deployed inside or outside the US embassy or the diplomats’ homes. But inspections of those locations by the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have turned up nothing. And one incident reportedly occurred at the Hotel Capri in Havana.
According to the AP, the US government is uncertain about nearly every aspect of this case. It doesn’t know how the attacks happened, who is responsible, or why they did it. The officials who were not authorized to speak on the record said that “at least some of the incidents were confined to specific rooms or even parts of rooms with laser-like specificity, baffling U.S. officials who say the facts and the physics don’t add up.”