US Diplomats Suffered Brain Injuries From Sonic Attacks in Cuba

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Posted: Aug 24, 2017 8:00 AM
US Diplomats Suffered Brain Injuries From Sonic Attacks in Cuba

This story just keeps getting worse and worse. 

On Sunday we learned that more than 10 U.S. diplomats and their family members were injured from sonic attacks at their diplomatic residences in Cuba—more than initially reported. 

Hearing loss, nausea and headaches were among the physical symptoms of the attack, which was a result of a “sophisticated sonic weapon” that was “outside the range of audible sound.”

But some of those diplomats have been diagnosed with even more serious health conditions than first reported. 

According to medical records reviewed by CBS News, some American and Canadian diplomats were diagnosed with “mild traumatic brain injury, and with likely damage to the central nervous system.”

The diplomats complained about symptoms ranging from hearing loss and nausea to headaches and balance disorders after the State Department said "incidents" began affecting them beginning in late 2016. A source familiar with these incidents says officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targets of a type of sonic attack directed at their homes, which were provided by the Cuban government. The source says reports of more attacks affecting U.S. embassy workers on the island continue.

The doctor, one of several who reviewed their cases, included a warning in the medical records about the health risks of future exposures. The diplomats underwent comprehensive audiological evaluations and a battery of other tests. (CBS News)

The State Department has called on Cuba to investigate the attacks. 

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"We hold the Cuban authorities responsible for finding out who is carrying out these health attacks on not just our diplomats but, as you've seen now, there are other cases with other diplomats involved," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in August. 

A State Department spokesperson for Western Hemisphere Affairs told CBS News they are in “regular contact” with Cuban officials about the incidents.

Cuba has denied any wrongdoing.