According to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the FBI is getting closer to solving the mystery behind the attacks on U.S. diplomats and family members stationed in communist Cuba. The mysterious attacks injured more than 20 American embassy personnel, causing injuries and in some cases, serious brain damage. Cuba’s Castro dictatorship is denying any involvement in the attacks, even claiming for a while they had never taken place and the diplomatic scandal was nothing more than a CIA ruse.
Despite their denials, the Castro regime has a decades-long history of harassment and aggression towards U.S. diplomats on the island. Based on their past bad behavior and the fact the island is under the unblinking eye of a surveillance state, it is impossible to believe they had nothing to do with the attacks.
Rubio: FBI is closer to finding answers on mysterious ‘health attacks’ in Cuba
The FBI is closer to finding answers about the mysterious attacks that caused health ailments to at least 24 U.S. diplomats, relatives and intelligence agents in Havana, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, told the Miami Herald. And the symptoms of some victims are so severe they will not be able to return to work.
“I was briefed last Wednesday by the FBI. They have been investigating this and they have made a lot of progress,” Rubio said Saturday in Lima, where he traveled to attend the VIII Summit of the Americas.
According to the Florida senator, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the FBI “has been able to rule out several theories in terms of the technology that was used and I think there will come a time when we will know a little more.”
Rubio said some of the victims have severe disabilities as a result of the alleged attacks.
“We are talking about Americans and their relatives who are suffering today with what is typically seen after a traumatic car accident. Many, more than six or seven, will never be able to work and (there are) others who cannot work, who are disabled and work five or six hours a day,” Rubio said.
A study by the University of Michigan suggested that the attacks — initially described as “sonic,” because several of the victims heard sounds and felt vibrations — could have been the result of surveillance gone awry: If eavesdropping devices are too close to each other, the resulting interference causes noises similar to those heard by the victims, the computer scientists who launched the study found.
But Rubio says the incidents in Havana were “targeted,” not the result of an accident, because the theory does not explain the “directional” character of the sensations experienced by the victims and described in a medical article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Rubio did not rule out that Russia could be behind the alleged attacks, which took place at diplomatic residences and at the Capri and Nacional hotels in Havana between November 2016 and August 2017.
“All the hypotheses stand. There are two things being studied: Who did it and how they did it. On the subject of how they did, that is progressing. On the issue of who did it, I think the first question is going to answer the second one,” he said.
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