Thursday, September 14, 2017

unsolved sonic mystery in Cuba

More than 20 Americans and several Canadians have been affected. But "affected" by what remains a mystery.
“None of this has a reasonable explanation,” said Fulton Armstrong, a former CIA official who served in Havana long before America re-opened an embassy there. “It’s just mystery after mystery after mystery.”
Suspicion initially focused on a sonic weapon, and on the Cubans. Yet the diagnosis of mild brain injury, considered unlikely to result from sound, has confounded the FBI, the state department and US intelligence agencies involved in the investigation.
Some victims now have problems concentrating or recalling specific words, several officials said, the latest signs of more serious damage than the US government initially realized. The United States first acknowledged the attacks in August – nine months after symptoms were first reported....
[A]lmost nothing about what went down in Havana is clear. Investigators have tested several theories about an intentional attack: by Cuba’s government, a rogue faction of its security forces, a third country like Russia or some combination thereof. Yet they’ve left open the possibility an advanced espionage operation went horribly awry, or that some other, less nefarious explanation is to blame.
In the world of weird shit, this has got to rank near the front of the queue.


  1. Now that we've been made aware of this all we ordinary citizen can do is file the info away or ignore it or speculate.

    Having a little time...,

    Who is the likely beneficiary of this assault on Candian and US diplomats?

    Why might the Cuban government believe it necessary to assault these diplomats?

    BTW - I never assume innocence in the realm of diplomacy. I read "The Prince" and "The Art of War" decades ago. Yes, for effective diplomacy, justice requires proof. I wonder what Machiavelli and Sun Tzu would think of Twitter.

  2. Andy -- A place for twits, perhaps?