Two Cuban diplo­mats ex­pelled from U.S.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — The State Depart­ment ex­pelled two diplo­mats from the Cuban Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton af­ter 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.

Spokesman 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. The FBI and Di­plo­matic Se­cu­rity Ser­vice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

One per­son fa­mil­iar with the U.S. in­ves­ti­ga­tion said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were look­ing into whether el­e­ments of the Cuban gov­ern­ment placed sonic de­vices that pro­duce non-au­di­ble sound in­side or out­side the res­i­dences of about five U.S. Em­bassy em­ploy­ees.

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