U.S. to pull staff from Cuba after mysterious 'sonic attacks'

U.S. to pull staff from Cuba after mysterious 'sonic attacks'

U.S. to pull staff from Cuba after mysterious 'sonic attacks'

Considering the unknown nature of the attacks and that they've occurred in both diplomatic residences and hotels frequented by US citizens, the State Department issued a travel warning on Friday advising USA citizens to avoid traveling to Cuba.

"We have no reports that private U.S. citizens have been affected, but the attacks are known to have occurred in U.S. diplomatic residences and hotels frequented by U.S. citizens", Tillerson said in a statement. Washington, however, has not released specific information about the nature of these so-called "attacks". As a result, USA officials are fleeing the country, and the State Department is suspending the processing of us visa applications in Cuba.

As the State Department announced Friday it was cutting its embassy staff in Cuba down to emergency levels - following the recent, mysterious sonic wave attacks on US personnel - a budding consensus of sorts seems to be developing: the reaction out of Washington could have been worse.

In June President Donald Trump announced a partial roll-back of Mr Obama's Cuba policies but said he would not close the U.S. embassy in Havana.

The State Department said "incidents" began affecting them in late 2016.

Though officials initially suspected some futuristic "sonic attack", the picture is muddy. Cuba keeps tight surveillance on American diplomats in the country and would be likely to know if something significant were happening to them.

The Trump administration has reversed some changes, but pointedly has not blamed Cuba for perpetuating the attacks. But the biggest US critics of the Castro regime opposed the reopening. The top United States diplomat has called them "health attacks".

The Obama administration extended its open hand to Cuba's regime... and they responded by assaulting our diplomats, or at the very least failing to protect them from a mysterious and ongoing series of attacks: "At least 19 American diplomats in Havana have been diagnosed with wide-ranging symptoms, including hearing loss, severe headaches, loss of balance and other forms of cognitive impairment".

President Donald Trump already has reversed much of the easing of relations initiated by Obama after calling a deal struck by the two countries "completely one-sided". The Department of State will also issue a travel warning advising Americans not to travel to the country. Maybe North Korea, which has a track record of weird attacks overseas, and which would prefer the United States out of Cuba in order to protect its counter-sanctions efforts, but even that doesn't add up when considering the attacks on Canadians - unless their covert ops teams have trouble distinguishing between us, an issue the Cubans (or the Russians) would certainly not have. Theories about possible covert weapons used are flying around the internet but no USA officials have been able to confirm those theories.

President Raul Castro had reportedly given his personal assurance to the then-US charge d'affaires in Havana that Cuba was not behind the attacks.

The State Department announced that it will not be cutting the number of Cuban diplomats in Washington - a decision, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted, was inherently unfair. The official said that the U.S.is considering whether to allow Cuban nationals to apply for visas at embassies or consulates outside Cuba, but that no decision has been made.

According to a statement by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, Rodríguez told Tillerson that "according to the preliminary results obtained by the Cuban authorities in their investigation, which has taken into account data provided by the us authorities, there is as yet no evidence of the causes and origin of health conditions reported by USA diplomats".

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