Cuba’s Vice President: Claims Of Attacks On US Diplomats Are ‘Nonsense’

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Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Sunday that reports of ongoing, mysterious attacks befalling U.S.-government personnel and other foreign citizens in Cuba are complete “nonsense” and “without evidence.”

“Some unnamed officials are propagating unusual nonsense without any evidence, with the perverse aim of discrediting the impeccable reputation of our country as a safe destination for foreign visitors, including from the United States,” Diaz-Canel, the likely successor to President Raul Castro, said Sunday.

U.S. intelligence operatives were the first to report hearing bizarre, unknown sounds that caused strange physical symptoms, including headaches, hearing loss, and speech problems, around the time President Donald Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

The attacks were carried out with precision, confined to specific rooms or portions of rooms with pinpoint accuracy.

Victims often described a sound similar to chirping crickets before experiencing any symptoms, but not all of the attacks produced an audible sound. Some were described as inaudible, which is causing some concern among investigators that believe the attackers are developing, or even already employing, more sophisticated methods.

The U.S. has confirmed 21 cases, and American intelligence operatives incurred arguably the worst damage reported thus far. U.S. spies have suffered brain damage, unrelenting hearing loss and other severe outcomes.

The U.S. Department of State has responded to the reported attacks, ordering all nonessential personnel in Cuba to evacuate the island. The State Department also issued a travel warning to all Americans not to visit the island nation until the attacks are resolved.

The Cuban government has thus far refused to acknowledge that any attacks have occurred. Castro has rejected any notion that the Cuban government is behind the attacks. Diaz-Canel’s statement Sunday is the latest in a line of dodges from Cuban officials.

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