Cuban Report of Its Investigation of the Medical Problems of U.S. Diplomats in Cuba  

On October 22, a public report about Cuba’s investigation of the cause of the medical problems experienced by some U.S. diplomats in Havana was made by the Cuban officials in charge.[1]

They “forcefully denied that their government was to blame. Any claim that Cuba is responsible “is completely false,” said Col. Ramiro Ramirez, chief of diplomatic security for the Cuban Interior Ministry.

He added that its investigation has involved nearly 2,000 people, “including law enforcement agents, criminologists, mathematicians, audiologists and the best scientists in our country.” They have examined rooms in two hotels where some American embassy staffers lived, scoured a neighborhood where many had homes, and interviewed 300 neighbors and conducted dozens of medical exams to see if others outside the diplomatic cadre were affected. They also analyzed air and soil samples, looked into whether insects could be the culprit and considered a range of toxic chemicals and the possibility of electromagnetic waves.

Cuba also denied that it possesses any technology to do what is alleged and “has never produced these type of weapons,” according to Lt. Col. Jorge Alazo, head of the criminal division of the Interior Ministry.

As for the possibility that a third country, like Russia, wanted to cause trouble, Col. Ramirez said, “We don’t have definitive answers yet but Cuba has never allowed, nor would we ever allow, our territory to be used in this way.”

The Cubans further noted that the U.S. has refused to share the medical records of the diplomats or let the Cubans speak to U.S. doctors who examined the affected diplomats or permitted them into the homes of U.S. diplomats to conduct tests.

From the U.S., Joe Pompei, a former MIT researcher who is the founder and president of Holosonics, a sound technology company, said, “There’s never been any kind of physiological response that reflects the symptoms that have been reported that has ever been caused by sound waves of any type.”

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[1] Reuters, Cuban investigators say U.S. sonic attack allegations ‘science fiction,’ (Oct. 24, 2017); Mitchell & Murray, Cubans Forcefully Reject Blame for U.S. Diplomats’ Mystery Ailments, NBC News (Oct. 24, 2017). A list of previous posts on this topic are listed in the “U.S. Diplomats Medical Problems in Cuba” section of List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Topical—Cuba.

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As a retired lawyer and adjunct law professor, Duane W. Krohnke has developed strong interests in U.S. and international law, politics and history. He also is a Christian and an active member of Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church. His blog draws from these and other interests. He delights in the writing freedom of blogging that does not follow a preordained logical structure. The ex post facto logical organization of the posts and comments is set forth in the continually being revised “List of Posts and Comments–Topical” in the Pages section on the right side of the blog.

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  1. Additional Cuban Refutation of U.S. Claims Regarding Medical Problems of U.S. Diplomats in Havana

    On an October 26th 30-minute television program Cuban officials presented its most detailed refutation of U.S. claims that some of its diplomats in Havana had been subjected to alleged “sonic” attacks damaging their health.
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    Assoc. Press, Cuba Presents Detailed Defense Against Sonic Attack Charges, N.Y. Times (Oct. 26, 2017), https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/10/26/world/americas/ap-cb-cuba-sonic-attacks.html?_r=0

    Suspected acoustic attacks, Granma (Oct. 26, 2017), http://www.granma.cu/cuba/2017-10-26/presuntos-ataques-acusticos-26-10-2017-20-10-37

    Cuban experts refute possibility of acoustic attack against U.S. diplomatic personnel (+ Video), CubaDebate (Oct. 26, 2017), http://www.cubadebate.cu/especiales/2017/10/26/expertos-cubanos-refutan-posibilidad-de-ataque-acustico-contra-personal-diplomatico-estadounidense-video/#.WfKiRhNSzj0

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