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Russia Being Investigated For What They Secretly Did To US Citizens Overseas

A group of American diplomats believe that they've been the victims of a covert attack. The U.S. and Cuba only restored relations two years ago, but some U.S. diplomats who were living in the country suffered hearing problems in the fall of 2016, and they believe it was due to some kind of sonic weapon. In retaliation, the U.S. government has expelled two Cuban diplomats from the country. The FBI is investigating to see if another country could be behind the attack.

The American diplomats were living in Havana in housing provided to them by the Cuban government. This is standard procedure, as Cuba closely watches foreign dignitaries, particularly those from the U.S. They moved there shortly after former President Barack Obama restored relations with the country in 2015. Several diplomats began suffering unexplained hearing loss at around the same time about a year later. Some had symptoms so severe that they had to return to the U.S.

The White House won't elaborate on exactly how many American diplomats were effected, but the hearing issue affected several diplomats and their spouses. No children, however, were involved in the incident.

The U.S. began investigating and determined that diplomats were exposed to an advanced sonic device. The device operated outside the range of audible sounds. It was either deployed in, or near, their homes to cause hearing problems.

What the U.S. has not determined is if the device was a deliberate attack, or if it had some other purpose and the diplomats suffered unexpected ill effects. It's also unclear if Cuba was behind the device at all. The U.S. is looking into the possibility that another nation could be behind the sonic attack, particularly Russia.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry said it was informed and has launched an "exhaustive, high-priority, urgent investigation at the behest of the highest level of the Cuban government".

Two Cuban diplomats were expelled from their posts in Washington in May because of the attack. The ministry felt that the expulsion of the Cuban diplomats was 'unjustified and baseless'.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert defended the decision by responding with an official statement. "We requested their departure as a reciprocal measure since some US personnel's assignments in Havana had to be curtailed due to these incidents," she said. "Under the Vienna Convention, Cuba has an obligation to take measures to protect diplomats."

A Cuban government statement read, "Cuba has never permitted, nor will permit, that Cuban territory be used for any action against accredited diplomatic officials or their families, with no exception."

The ministry also says that Cuba is a safe place for visitors. "Cuba is universally considered a safe destination for visitors and foreign diplomats, including US citizens," it read.

U.S. tourism in Cuba has been thriving in the past two years, and has become an essential part of the local economy. Many private businesses are booming, and locals have come to rely on tourism.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Kremlin Wikipedia Commons

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