United States government personnel in Havana report "incidents" causing physical symptoms

Glen Mclaughlin
August 11, 2017

State Department officials said the Cuban officials within the Embassy in Washington were asked to leave the country on May 23, after us personnel stationed on the island "reported incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms", according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday.

'Some US government personnel in Havana on official duty have reported incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms, ' a State Department spokesman said. "She would not say what the symptoms were except that they were not life-threatening", the AP added. Further U.S. action could follow if that investigation points to Cuban government targeting of U.S. employees, officials said.

Nauert confirmed complaints of "physical symptoms" started in 2016.

U.S. diplomats in Cuba said they suffered occasional harassment for years after the restoration of limited ties with the communist government in the 1970s, harassment reciprocated by USA agents against Cuban diplomats in Washington.

Some of the US diplomats' symptoms were so severe that they were forced to cancel their tours early and return to the United States, officials said.

The US says two Cuban diplomats have been expelled in response to "incidents" in Cuba, but the details remain mysterious.

Officials tell the Associated Press the symptoms include potentially permanent hearing loss.

Some U.S. diplomats in Cuba may have been intentionally deafened since late 2016, officials told the Associated Press and CNN.

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The government of Cuba has denied any wrongdoing after facing charges from Washington that USA embassy staff in Havana fell ill with unspecified symptoms while working in the country, resulting in their departure from the Caribbean nation.

"Some of our people have had the option of leaving Cuba as a result, for medical reasons", she said. "And we take this extremely seriously". CNN quotes an unnamed official who stated, "We have worked with the Cubans to try and find out what is going on".

The incident threatens to set back relations between the two countries, which President Barack Obama took major strides to fix in 2015.

The statement from the Cuban Foreign Ministry said it had been informed of the incidents on February 17 and had launched an "exhaustive, high-priority, urgent investigation at the behest of the highest level of the Cuban government".

In the era of fake news, reports of attacks against U.S. diplomats living in the country in which U.S. President Donald Trump wants to, "expose the crimes of the Castro regime", brings up questions about the hypnotic mystery of truth now eminating from Washington.

It is understood that the two expelled Cuban diplomats left Washington DC in May, the BBC's Will Grant reports from Havana.

"Cuba has never, nor would ever, allow the Cuban territory to be used for any kind of action against accredited diplomats or their families", Cuba's foreign ministry said.

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