Latest Research Released on U.S. Diplomatic Attacks in Cuba
This week, the University of Pennsylvania released the results of its research into the mysterious attack on U.S. diplomatic workers based at the U.S. embassy in Cuba.
The matter dates back to late 2016, when some government employees in Cuba alerted doctors of the sudden onset of hearing loss, persistent headaches, and other neurological symptoms.
According to the research, the 21 victims examined “described something that seemed like a directional sound attack, like a sound or ray gun, in their residences or in hotel rooms at night. Most described high-pitched noises; some recalled low-pitched ones. They also used seemingly contradictory descriptions such as ‘buzzing,’ ‘grinding metal,’ ‘piercing squeals,’ and ‘humming.’”
The victims also reported that covering their ears seemed to make no difference.
Of those impacted by the attacks, 95 percent “reported effects lasting longer than three months,” according to Government Executive, while “86 percent had at least six symptoms,” with victims consistently complaining of mental fogginess, poor memory, and difficulty concentrating.
Many of the victims were also said to have shown “signs of emotional change,” becoming “irritable, more emotional, and more nervous,” with 1 in 4 complaining of persistent sadness.
Ultimately, researchers have not year been able to “determine if the noises caused the illness, or were merely a byproduct of whatever was doing the harm.”
Suspicions as to the culprit behind the attacks have included the Cuban government, anti-government forces within Cuba, and Russia, which was reportedly behind a similar acoustic attack on USAID staff in Uzbekistan in November.
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