US diplomatic relations with Cuba two years ago has been hidden on Wednesday that US officials say it is a series of strange incidents that left a group of US diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a secret audio device.
In the fall of 2016, a number of US diplomats began to suffer unexplained hearing loss, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation of the case.
Several diplomats were newcomers to the embassy, which opened again in 2015 as part of the recovery by former President Barack Obama diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Some of the diplomatic symptoms were so severe that they were forced to cancel their tour early and return to the United States, authorities said. After months of research,
US officials have come to the conclusion that diplomats have been exposed to an advanced device that works out of reach and deployed inside or outside their homes.
It was not immediately clear whether the device was a weapon used in a deliberate attack or had another purpose. The US authorities were not allowed to speak publicly about the investigation and talk about anonymity.
State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said the United States has rebuked for the expulsion of two Cuban diplomats from its embassy in Washington May 23
He did not say how many US diplomats have been affected or have been confirmed to have suffered a hearing loss, and only said that they had “a variety of physical symptoms.”
The Cuban government said in an extensive statement Wednesday that “Cuba has never permitted or authorized the Cuban territory to be used for any action against diplomatic officials and their families, without exception.”
The statement from the Cuban Foreign Ministry said that it had been informed of the incident, on February 17 and launched a “comprehensive, high priority and urgent demand of the highest levels of the Cuban government.”
He said the decision to expel two Cuban diplomats was “unjustified and unfounded.”
The ministry said it had established a committee of experts to analyze incidents and enforced security around the US embassy and US embassies.
“Cuba is universally considered a safe destination for visitors and foreign diplomats, including US citizens,” the MP said. Officials told the AP that almost five diplomats, many of them with spouses had been affected and no children were involved.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Diplomatic Service enquêtent.Cuba Security employs a state security apparatus that keeps a large number of people under surveillance and US diplomats are among the most seen people on the island.
Like virtually all foreign diplomats in Cuba, the victims of the incidents lived in homes owned and maintained by the Cuban government. Nauert said that the investigators had not yet made a definitive explanation of the incidents, but noted that they were taking “very seriously”, as shown by the expulsion of Cuban diplomats.