Ha­vana, Cuba

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Sonic at­tack on diplo­mats: At least six US diplo­matic staff have been with­drawn from Ha­vana since last au­tumn suf­fer­ing from un­ex­plained symp­toms in­clud­ing hear­ing loss and dizzi­ness, ap­par­ently as the re­sult of some kind of “acous­tic at­tack” on their Cuban gov­ern­ment-owned homes, the US State Depart­ment has re­vealed. Of­fi­cials de­clined to re­veal the ex­act symp­toms; how­ever, they are re­ported to in­clude at least one case of per­ma­nent hear­ing loss. Two Cuban diplo­mats have been ex­pelled by the US in re­sponse. The US is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that a rogue el­e­ment of Cuba’s in­tel­li­gence es­tab­lish­ment con­ducted the sonic at­tack with the aim of dis­rupt­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ef­forts. Al­ter­na­tively (and a more likely ex­pla­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to US in­tel­li­gence sources), a new kind of eaves­drop­ping tech­nol­ogy may have gone awry, caus­ing un­in­ten­tional in­jury to the diplo­mats.

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