As discussed in prior posts, at least 24 U.S. diplomats and members of their families while working and living in Havana have suffered various ailments. Controversy over what caused such ailments has surfaced just one day before a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee conducts a hearing on the subject.
One dispute is between Senator Marco Rubio (Rep., FL), the chair of the subcommittee, and another subcommittee member, Senator Jeff Flake (Rep., AZ), who as noted in a recent post, after a recent conference in Havana with Cuban officials, announced that both the U.S. and Cuba have no evidence of any such “attacks.”
On January 7 Senator Rubio disagreed with this assessment with three messages on his Twitter account: “”It is a documented FACT that 24 U.S. govt officials & spouses and their spouses were victims of some kind of sophisticated attack while stationed in Havana.” He added in another tweet, “Any U.S. official briefed on matter knows full well that while method of attack still in question, that attacks & injuries occurred isn’t.” His third tweet said. “It is impossible to conduct 24 separate & sophisticated attacks against US Govt personnel in #Havana without #CastroRegime knowing about it.”
Another dispute on the subject has occurred between the FBI and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
According to the Associated Press, the FBI’s Operational Technology Division has issued an interim report, dated January 4, that says after months of investigation and four trips to Cuba, there is no evidence that sound waves could have damaged the health of these people, but that the FBI will continue investigating the matter.
On January 5 Tillerson, however, said he’s not convinced that what he calls the “deliberate attacks” are over and that he still believes that “the Cuban government, someone within the Cuban government can bring this to an end.”
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s subcommittee hearing.
 Assoc. Press, Tillerson Tells AP Cuba Still Risky; FBI Doubts Sonic Attack, N.Y. times (Jan. 8, 2018)