Canada Reports New Case of Mysterious Illness In Cuba (#GotBitcoin?)
Canada said Thursday another Cuba-based diplomat is experiencing mysterious health symptoms, prompting officials to review their diplomatic presence in the country. Canada Reports New Case of Mysterious Illness In Cuba (#GotBitcoin?)
The envoy is experiencing mysterious health symptoms, prompting Ottawa to review its diplomatic presence in the country.
Canadian officials, like their U.S. counterparts, remain puzzled by what is causing diplomats to succumb to a range of symptoms that often include brain injury, loss of hearing and concentration, dizziness, and cognitive issues. U.S. diplomats first began reporting the symptoms in December 2016. A total of 39 Americans and Canadians have now fallen ill in Havana.
Senior Canadian officials told reporters Thursday that the latest victim is a diplomat who initially reported symptoms this past summer. Government officials said they plan to travel to Havana to consider all possible options with respect to the diplomatic post, they said. The officials didn’t specify what options were available to them.
Due to the risk, Canada in April barred the family members of diplomats from accompanying them in the Havana embassy.
A representative for the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Canadian police are investigating the illnesses reported by 13 Canadian diplomats and dependents, including children. Officials said on Thursday that the victims have recovered at varying rates. Most have been able to return to work and school but several continue to report ongoing symptoms, they said.
U.S. officials have said they suspect the illnesses were the result of targeted sonic attacks. They haven’t presented any proof nor issued blame. The White House responded by expelling 15 Cuban diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington last year and halved its own staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana.
The U.S. State Department said in a report this week that the number of confirmed cases of injury among Americans in Havana has reached 26, “the greatest harm done at any U.S. Embassy over the last year.”
Cuban officials have denied any role in the illnesses and said they too were investigating them.
The incidents have raised U.S.-Cuban tensions as the Trump administration unwinds the detente engineered under President Obama. Cuba and the U.S. reopened embassies in each other’s capitals in mid-2015 after a lapse of more than half a century.
Some Americans also were evacuated this year from diplomatic posts in China after they reported unusual health symptoms that were similar to what was experienced in Havana.
Canadian officials said there are no confirmed cases at Canadian embassies in other countries.
Scientists Link Radiation To Mysterious Havana Syndrome That Hit US Diplomats
A type of radiation that includes microwaves has been linked for the first time scientifically to Havana Syndrome, the mysterious illness that has struck American diplomats in China and Cuba.
Researchers at the National Academies of Science have found that the symptoms described by several dozen government employees — dizziness, unsteadiness, visual impairments, feeling pressure in the head and hearing a loud sound — are consistent with radiofrequency energy, NBC News reported.
The scientists pointed out that studies more than 50 years ago and Western and Soviet sources more recently “provide circumstantial support for this possible mechanism.”
For years, US officials have suspected Russia was behind the attacks, and the report doesn’t rule out that possibility.
“The mere consideration of such a scenario raises grave concerns about a world with disinhibited malevolent actors and new tools for causing harm to others,” they wrote.
The illness became known as Havana Syndrome after US diplomats stationed in the Cuban capital began experiencing symptoms in 2016. Diplomats in China reported similar symptoms around the same time.
US intelligence officials launched an investigation into the source of the illness after the diplomats alleged foreign adversaries intentionally targeted them with radiofrequency energy. The State Department moved most staffers from the Havana embassy.
Some CIA officers who experienced the symptoms also had traveled to Russia, where they discussed secretive operations with foreign intelligence officials. One senior agent, Marc Polymeropoulos, detailed his battle with the illness in GQ magazine in October.
Cuba and Russia have denied any involvement in such attacks, according to NBC.
The National Academies of Sciences urged the State Department to delve into the attacks.
“We’ve done a lot of work to try and identify how this all took place,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in October when he was asked about the agency’s investigation. “And we continue to try and determine precisely the causation of this while doing our best to make sure we’re taking care of the health and safety of these people.”
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