U.S. ex­pels two Cuban diplo­mats af­ter in­ci­dents in Cuba

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The State De­part­ment has ex­pelled two diplo­mats from the Cuban Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton fol­low­ing a se­ries of un­ex­plained in­ci­dents in Cuba that left U.S. of­fi­cials there with phys­i­cal symp­toms that one of­fi­cial said in­cludes po­ten­tially per­ma­nent hear­ing loss. Spokes­woman Heather Nauert said the two Cubans were asked to leave the U.S. on May 23 af­ter Amer­i­cans in Cuba “re­ported in­ci­dents which have caused a va­ri­ety of phys­i­cal symp­toms,’’ caus­ing them to leave the is­land.

Nauert said the first of the in­ci­dents was re­ported in late 2016 and that they had con­tin­ued. She would not say what the symp­toms were ex­cept that they were not life-threat­en­ing. Nauert also de­clined to pro­vide de­tails about the in­ci­dents. The FBI and Diplo­matic Se­cu­rity Ser­vice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

How­ever, other U.S. of­fi­cials said that the symp­toms in­cluded hear­ing loss.

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