HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba on Tuesday rejected a U.S. authorities report concluding that directed radio frequency was probably the most believable clarification for mysterious illnesses suffered by U.S. diplomats in Havana and elsewhere, calling it extra “not possible” speculation than “demonstrated reality.”
Between 2016 and 2018, dozens of U.S. embassy employees, largely in Cuba, reported signs that included listening to loss, vertigo, complications and fatigue, a sample per delicate traumatic mind harm that got here to be often called the “Havana syndrome.”
Canada has mentioned greater than a dozen of its embassy employees and kin stationed in Havana skilled related signs.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned the diplomats had been attacked by some form of secret weapon. Cuba has repeatedly mentioned there isn’t a proof for that and denied any involvement.
The Cuban Academy of Sciences mentioned on Tuesday the report by the U.S. Nationwide Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Drugs, commissioned by the U.S. State Division and revealed on Dec. 6, offers no scientific proof of the existence of radio frequency waves.
“Cuba’s Academy of Sciences disagrees with the ultimate conclusion concerning the causes of the illnesses,” the academy mentioned in a press release learn to journalists by its President Luis Velazquez.
Velazquez, who didn’t take any questions on the information briefing in Havana, mentioned the “investigation about these well being illnesses has suffered from an absence of fluid communication between U.S. and Cuban scientists.”
U.S. officers say off the file they can’t cooperate with Cuba on such a delicate investigation the place its Communist authorities has a robust curiosity within the final result.
Cuba mentioned the Trump administration has used the well being incidents to additional its political agenda of dismantling U.S.-Cuban relations, after Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had labored to enhance diplomatic ties with Havana.
The administration lowered the U.S. embassy in Havana to skeletal staffing and hiked its warning on journey to Cuba following the mysterious incidents.
(Reporting by Nelson Acosta in Havana; Writing by Sarah Marsh; Modifying by Invoice Berkrot)
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