Last Autumn, a number of diplomatic staff at the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba, started to report hearing loss and other symptoms. The BBC reports that five Americans were affected, including diplomats and their spouses. Several had to cancel their tour and return to the USA early. One will need a hearing aid for the rest of his or her life due to the injuries sustained.

Following an investigation, officials believe the cause to be ‘an advanced device that operated outside the range of audible sound and had been deployed either inside or outside their residences.‘ However, this verdict is not certain and it remains unclear who is behind the incidents. CNN reports that FBI agents will be investigating and that they have deployed to the island with Cuba’s cooperation.

The AP reports that the US team would have been living under surveillance and that like ‘virtually all foreign diplomats in Cuba, the victims of the incidents lived in housing owned and maintained by the Cuban government.‘ Because of this degree of control, American authorities believe elements of the Cuban security aparatus were aware of the incidents, if not directly involved. In response two Cuban diplomats were expelled from the USA.

 

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