Cuba blames noisy crick­ets

The Dominion Post - - World -

Amer­i­can and Cana­dian diplo­mats in Ha­vana may have been made ill by a ca­coph­ony of chirp­ing crick­ets, not by a mys­te­ri­ous sonic weapon, a panel of Cuban sci­en­tists says. The con­clu­sion is en­dorsed by some United States sci­en­tists, though an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing led by the FBI into the brain injuries suf­fered by some diplo­mats. The diplo­mats were with­drawn in Au­gust af­ter they com­plained of suf­fer­ing nau­sea, hear­ing loss and con­cus­sion-like symp­toms. There was spec­u­la­tion that a sonic weapon had been used, a ploy rem­i­nis­cent of the Cold War, when the US em­bassy in Moscow was bom­barded with mi­crowaves. Cuba asked its sci­en­tists to study the prob­lem and also in­vited the FBI and Cana­dian author­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate.

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