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November 24, 2017

Tillerson: Closing US Embassy in Cuba 'under review' after bizarre 'health attacks'


Tillerson: Closing US Embassy in Cuba ‘under review’ after bizarre ‘health attacks’

NEW YORK —Secretary of state Rex Tillerson says closing the U.S. Embassy in Cuba is ‘under review’ due to diplomats’…


Secretary of state Rex Tillerson says closing the U.S. Embassy in Cuba is ‘under review’ due to diplomats’ mysterious health problems.

Earlier this month, the U.S. disclosed that a bizarre series of “health attacks” affected diplomats posted to the Embassy in Havana, along with family members who live with them.

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The State Department said it was providing “the best possible medical evaluation and care” throughout the ordeal, including aid from a medical officer on staff at the embassy.

The union representing American diplomats has said mild traumatic brain injury is among the diagnoses given to some diplomats victimized in the attacks. The American Foreign Service Association has said permanent hearing loss was another diagnosis, and additional symptoms had included brain swelling, severe headaches, loss of balance and “cognitive disruption.”

The evolving U.S. assessment indicated investigators were still far from any thorough understanding of what transpired in the attacks, which started in the fall of 2016. The U.S. has described them as unprecedented.

In one case, an American was jolted from his bed in a Havana hotel by a blaring, grinding noise. It went silent when he moved a few feet away. It returned when he stepped back into bed.

U.S. officials who described episodes reported to the embassy say it was as if the victims were walking back and forth through some invisible wall cutting through the room. The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and demanded anonymity.

Several officials say some victims now have problems concentrating or recalling specific words.


Source: 4029 Northwest Arkansas News Tillerson: Closing US Embassy in Cuba ‘under review’ after bizarre ‘health attacks’

Tillerson: Closing US Embassy in Cuba ‘under review’ after bizarre ‘health attacks’

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