U.S. personnel assigned to diplomatic missions in Cuba have over the past year or so complained about a “sonic attack” that produces in victims abnormal sensations of sound and pressure.
A similar circumstance has been reported in a U.S. operation in China.
They’ve described it as “buzzing,” “piercing squeals” or “humming.”
It’s been feared that it could cause permanent injury.
So the FBI, CIA and other agencies have been investigating, and their conclusion is that it may have been Russia using electromagnetic weapons against Americans.
The London Sun reported U.S. investigators say newly unearthed communications intercepts point a finger at the old Cold War enemy.
The evidence, however, is not strong enough yet for the U.S. to blame Moscow publicly, said the report, which cited three unidentified officials who spoke with NBC.
“U.S. officials said in July they were still investigating health problems at the U.S. embassy in Cuba, and do not know who or what was behind the mysterious illnesses, which began in 2016 and have affected 26 Americans,” the report said.
“Symptoms have included hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, headaches and fatigue, a pattern consistent with ‘mild traumatic brain injury,'” State Department officials have said.
Similar circumstances arose in Guangzhou, China, and U.S. diplomats also were brought home from there.
Cuban officials have denied any knowledge or involvement.
The Russian news outlet RT.com scoffed at the very idea.
“NBC has achieved the seemingly impossible, somehow managing to incorporate mysterious brain-zapping weapons, evidence-free accusations from anonymous U.S. officials, and Russia, into a juicy smorgasbord of journalistic excellence,” the publication said.
“The bombshell report opens with a phrase that every American schoolchild already knows by heart – ‘Russia is likely behind’ – but this is no ordinary, Pulitzer-prize winning morsel of security state stenography. This time, the Russians ‘likely’ targeted U.S. diplomats stationed in Cuba and China with a powerful brain-altering weapon (which has yet to be identified/confirmed to actually exist), resulting in various injuries, ranging from hearing loss to ‘problems with cognition.'”
RT continued, “This important public service announcement was made possible by none other than America’s most reliable, squeaky clean source for sensational claims leveled against Russia, ‘anonymous U.S. officials.'”
The report said, “If you’re wondering why this article was even published in the first place – since it contradicts itself nearly every other sentence – look no further than the paragraph that urges Donald Trump to take action against Moscow for these heinous, unsubstantiated crimes.”
CNN reported weeks ago Douglas Smith of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair said he didn’t think it was an audible sound that created problems.
“We think the audible sound was a consequence of the exposure.”