US May Close Embassy in Cuba Due to Health Concerns

Casey Dawson
September 19, 2017

Now, however, the administration says the embassy may close due to a freaky attack on American diplomats.

"We have it under evaluation", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday. It's a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered. Tillerson also confirmed the State Department has brought home some of the people affected.

Since first reported in August 2017, the USA government has taken what appears to be a patient approach to assigning blame and responsibility for the mysterious attacks that targeted US embassy staff in Havana over the a year ago or so. Others have experienced temporary nausea, headaches, and ear ringing.

Some victims felt vibrations or heard loud sounds mysteriously audible in only parts of rooms, leading investigators to consider a potential "sonic attack". Others heard nothing but later developed symptoms. US officials first confirmed the incidents, which began in late 2016, in August 2017. Marco Rubio of Florida, a prominent Cuban-American and critic of the US detente. Predictably, Castro denied any responsibility.

Russian Federation denied involvement through its foreign ministry and offered to help Cuban investigations into the attacks.

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Investigators have suggested the possibility that the attacks have been carried out by a third party, like Russian Federation, unbeknownst to the Cuban government.

In retaliation, Washington expelled two Cuban diplomats in May of this year.

The top security official at the USA embassy in Havana was among those targeted by "sonic attacks", reported CBS News. It's also possible that Russian Federation or North Korea were somehow involved. The US hasn't identified either a culprit or a device.

Five Republican senators recently wrote to Mr. Tillerson, urging the Trump administration to declare Cuban diplomats unwelcome and shutter the embassy in Cuba.

"Cuba's neglect of its duty to protect our diplomats and their families can not go unchallenged", said two senators - Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida.

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