U.S. intelligence researching Cold War Soviet technology for clues to weapon used against diplomats in Cuba

More than twenty U.S. diplomats suffered injuries during mysterious “sonic” attacks in Cuba that left some of them with permanent hearing loss and even brain damage. U.S. intelligence has not yet been able to ascertain how the attacks took place or what weapon was used, but they are now combing through information on old Soviet weapons to see if they can find any clues.

True to form, the treacherous Cuban dictatorship denies they were behind the attacks and has even gone so far as to claim the attacks never took place.

At the same time, pro-apartheid supporters of the Castro regime in the U.S. and elsewhere have been working overtime to defend the dictatorship and deflect criticism. They have been desperately trying to find a plausible explanation that can divert attention and offer an alternative to the obvious explanation, which points the logical finger directly at the corrupt Cuban dictatorship.

What they have come up with so far, however, is just as unlikely and as preposterous as the Cuban dictatorship’s ridiculous claims. From blaming the brain damage on “mass hysteria” on the part of American diplomats to positing the goofy theory that the attacks were carried out by some rogue elements in Cuban State Security, the regime’s supporters are as credible as the lying regime they defend.

The answer most likely lies in some type of experimental weapon technology used by Cuban counterintelligence that has not been refined enough to be reliable and predictable, but is quite effective in causing damage. What that technology is and where it came from is the real question U.S. intelligence is trying to answer.

Via Politico:

Cold War Soviet technology studied in Cuba attacks

U.S. intelligence officials are closely studying Cold War-era Soviet technology as they seek to determine whether an electronic weapon was used to disorient and injure 24 American officials in Cuba earlier this year.

Two intelligence officials tell POLITICO they’re confident that the attacks were conducted with an “energy directed” or “acoustic” device, possibly similar to one used by Soviet intelligence in Havana more than four decades ago, but remain unsure of its exact nature.

That has officials combing classified files and even contacting retired intelligence officers for clues to a mystery that has triggered a diplomatic crisis less than three years after President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Havana.

“We’re trying to talk to guys as far back as the 1960s,” said one of the intelligence officials.

The sweeping, government-wide search for answers — spearheaded publicly by the State Department — has pulled in expertise from intelligence agencies, science and weapons development offices and health officials. Still, answers remain elusive. “It’s baffled the entire community,” the intelligence official said.

While investigators remain unsure of who, exactly, was behind the apparent attacks, one former U.S. intelligence official says their leading theory holds that it was the work of Cuban intelligence — possibly even a rogue faction of Cuban spies hoping to derail the restored diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington. Moscow is another prime suspect, though U.S. officials are undecided whether the Russians might be the main aggressors or accomplices, or absent altogether.

The attacks against US officials — including CIA officers — in Cuba began shortly after Election Day in fall of 2016, and continued periodically until at least August of 2017. Affected personnel reported hearing high-pitched sounds and exhibited symptoms reflective of a concussion, including dizziness, nausea and memory issues.

Of particular interest to federal officials is the former Soviet technique of using radio waves, like microwaves, to target US signals collection in Cuba. In the 1970s, amid escalating spy tensions between the United States and Russia in Cuba, the Soviets targeted the U.S. embassy in Havana with radio microwaves in an effort to disrupt US radio surveillance of Russian interests in a post Cold-War Havana, according to multiple Cold War-era recountings. The incident, known as the “Moscow Signal,” was never formally solved — after the US embassy installed screens in its Havana compound, the issue went away.

The use of energy waves or sound as weapons can be a particularly nasty form of covert attack. Not always audible to the human ear, the mysterious devices have surfaced in rumors periodically in Cold War spy history. Answers have remained as ambiguous. As far back as the 1970s Moscow Signal incident, medical professionals suspected the use of such mysterious weapons could lead to brain damage, blood disorders and hearing impairments in exposed personnel — symptoms nearly identical to what targeted U.S. officials are experiencing now.

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  1. All one needs to know is that, when it comes to inducing deafness, Castro, Inc. is a very well established and indisputable expert. The rest is details.

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