US diplomats in Cuba have suffered traumatic brain injuries and nerve damage in ‘covert sonic attack’ on their homes
- US diplomats, who were living in housing owned and maintained by the Cuban government, began suffering unexplained losses of hearing in fall 2016
- Officials concluded that the diplomats had been attacked with an advanced sonic weapon that operated outside the range of audible sound
- Doctors have now found they also suffered mild traumatic brain injury and damage to the central nervous system
- The US has expelled two Cuban diplomats from the United States in retaliation
- The FBI looking into whether the incident was carried out by another country
American and Canadian diplomats based in Cuba suffered mild traumatic brain injury and damage to the central nervous system in a suspected sonic weapon attack on their homes.
The diplomats, based at Havana’s US Embassy, began complaining about a series of symptoms ranging from hearing loss and nausea to headaches and balance disorders, in late 2016, according to the State Department.
An investigation concluded an advanced sonic weapon had been operated outside the range of audible sound, either inside or outside officials’ residences.
Medical records, seen by CBS News, now reveal the diplomats appeared to have suffered mild traumatic brain injury and even suspected damage to their central nervous systems in the attack. Many of the diplomats cut short their assignments in Cuba because of the attacks.
Cuba has denied any involvement in the attacks.