Cuba again denies acoustic attacks against U.S. and Canadian diplomats

EFE: Cuba today revealed the content of its own investigations into the health incidents for which dozens of U.S. and Canadian diplomats and officials left Havana, and once again rejected any kind of acoustic attack.

After a long investigation (the first incidents were reported in February 2017), Cuban experts concluded that “there is no evidence, theory or investigative result attached to the science that justifies the term attack,” said the U.S. director of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, at a press conference.

Up to 26 U.S. and 14 Canadian officials and diplomats stationed in Havana have, since the beginning of 2017, presented symptoms such as brain lesions, dizziness, headaches and lack of concentration for reasons that are still unknown.

Both embassies have reduced their personnel to a minimum for this reason and, in the case of the US, some US authorities have described these incidents as acoustic or sonic “attacks”, which have caused strong bilateral diplomatic tensions.

At today’s press conference in Havana, a group of Cuban specialists – from state security agents to scientists and doctors – appeared, revealing for the first time the content of their research.

At today’s press conference in Havana, a group of Cuban specialists – from state security agents to scientists and doctors – appeared, revealing for the first time the content of their research, carried out in parallel to that carried out in the United States and with partial collaborations between the two.

Supported by their own data and foreign publications, the Cuban specialists argued that it could not have been technically feasible to have directed sonic, acoustic or microwave attacks against those affected, and that the symptoms they present would not correspond to that alleged cause either.

In addition, they minimized the importance of the disorders suffered by U.S. and Canadian officials by considering that they could largely be due to pre-existing conditions, as well as to psychological causes such as the “influence of social networks, government, physicians, and the media,” according to their report.

In addition, they accused the United States of not having cooperated enough in the investigation, which would have made it difficult to clarify the facts, while with Canada the collaboration is more fluid although without tangible results at the moment, said the Cuban experts.

For his part, Fernández de Cossío directly accused Donald Trump’s government – which applies travel restrictions to Cuba in this case – of “manipulating” the information and issuing “unfounded accusations” to blame Havana for the alleged attacks and further deteriorate the already tense relations between the two countries.

The head of relations with the United States reiterated that Cuba “guarantees the security and tranquility of all diplomatic missions and their personnel” and reiterated its willingness to cooperate in discovering the origin of the mysterious incidents, which continues to be an unknown.

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