Tillerson Considering Closing Cuban Embassy Over Mysterious Sonic Attacks

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 17, 2017

WASHINGTON-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S.is considering closing its embassy in Cuba in response to what he has described as "health attacks" on American diplomats there that have caused hearing loss, concussions and other symptoms.

Washington says at least 16 employees at its Havana embassy - which fully reopened in 2015 after a half-century breakdown in diplomatic relations - were injured in a series of incidents that began a year ago. "It's a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered".

Dickerson asked Tillerson about a letter sent by five Republicans senators asking the State Department to expel Cuban diplomats stationed in the USA and to consider shutting down the Havana embassy, which President Obama re-opened in August 2015 after being closed for 54 years.

Cuba, the United States and Canada have investigated the attacks, but the probe has not yielded any answers about how they were carried out or who was responsible for them.

"We've brought some of those people home".

United States officials have told reporters they believe some kind of sonic device was used to covertly undermine the health of staff members at the mission, who began reporting sick past year.

At least five Canadian diplomats and their families were also affected by "sonic attacks", though none suffered permanent injury, public broadcaster CBC reported Friday.

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