Cuba on Thursday offered its most detailed defence thus far towards U.S. accusations that American diplomats in Havana had been subjected to mysterious sonic assaults that left them with a wide range of illnesses together with complications, listening to issues and concussions.
In a half-hour, prime-time particular titled “Alleged Sonic Assaults,” Cuban officers tried to undermine the Trump administration’s assertion that 24 U.S. officers or their relations had been subjected to deliberate assaults by a still-undetermined perpetrator.
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Many officers reported being subjected to loud, grating noises earlier than falling ailing. The U.S. has not accused Cuba of finishing up the assaults, however says that Cuba has not met its obligation to guard diplomats on its territory.
The tv particular identified what it alleged was an absence of proof for the U.S. accusations. It argued the US had failed to indicate that such assaults had really occurred as a result of it had not given Cuba or the general public entry to the testimony or medical data of U.S. officers who reported assaults, regardless of three visits to Cuba by U.S. investigators in June, August and September.
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“The members of the U.S. delegation mentioned they don’t have proof that confirms that these reported assaults occurred, and introduced up that there was no working concept about the reason for the well being issues reported by their diplomats,” this system’s narrator mentioned.
The narrator mentioned Cuba had undertaken an exhaustive investigation ordered by “the best authorities authorities,” a transparent reference to President Raul Castro. Cuba didn’t possess any expertise able to finishing up a sonic assault and importing it was prohibited by regulation, in keeping with the particular.
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“Its coming into the nation might solely happen illegally,” the narrator mentioned.
The creators of the report interviewed neighbours of the affected diplomats who mentioned that they had not heard any unusual sounds or suffered any signs, which the particular offered as one other purported weak spot within the U.S. allegations.
It mentioned safety round U.S. diplomats’ properties had been dramatically elevated.
The U.S. State Division declined to remark at size on the Cuban critique, saying Thursday that, “the security and well-being of Americans is our prime precedence … We’re persevering with our investigation into the assaults, and the Cuban authorities has instructed us they are going to proceed their efforts as effectively.”
The U.S. has minimize staffing at its Havana embassy by 60 per cent in response to the incidents, expelled Cuban diplomats from the embassy in Washington, issued a journey warning for Individuals going to Cuba and stopped issuing visas for Cubans in Havana.
The measures have despatched U.S.-Cuba relations plummeting from a excessive level beneath President Barack Obama and minimize into the more and more vital move of vacationers to Cuba, whose financial system went into recession final yr for the primary time in additional than 20 years.
Thursday night time’s particular didn’t current an alternate clarification for the details offered by U.S. officers, with one important exception. Officers with Cuba’s Inside Ministry mentioned that U.S. investigators had offered them with three recordings made by presumed victims of sonic assaults and that evaluation of the sounds confirmed them to be extraordinarily much like these of crickets and cicadas that reside alongside the northern coast of Cuba.
“It’s the identical bandwidth and it’s audibly very comparable,” mentioned Lt. Col. Juan Carlos Molina, a telecommunications specialist with the Inside Ministry. “We in contrast the spectrums of the sounds and evidently this widespread sound is similar to the sound of a cicada.”
This system’s narrator mentioned that unnamed “North American researchers” had discovered that some cicada and cricket noises may very well be louder than 90-95 decibels, sufficient to provide listening to loss, irritation and hypertension in conditions of extended publicity.