US Expels Cuban Diplomats From Embassy In Washington

US Expels Cuban Diplomats From Embassy In Washington

He called on the United States government to stop politicizing the issue in order to "avoid undesirable escalation of the situation".

"If we never solve this mystery, then what?" said James Williams, president of the advocacy group Engage Cuba. Now, the US wants the number of Cuban diplomatic personnel working in America to be equal to American diplomats working in Havana.

Behind the scenes, though, investigators immediately started searching for explanations in the darker, rougher world of spycraft and counter-espionage, given that so numerous first reported cases involved intelligence workers posted to the United States embassy.

The State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment for this story.

Cuban officials last week expressed disappointment with the US reaction. Obviously Cuba remains the main suspect since the attacks occurred on the island, but Canadian diplomats have also been attacked. They heard an unsettling sound inside and in some cases outside their Havana homes, described as similar to loud crickets.

Over time, the attacks seemed to evolve.

Soon came the hearing loss, and the speech problems, symptoms both similar and altogether different from others among at least 21 U.S. victims in an astonishing global mystery still unfolding in Cuba. In recent weeks the State Department had said there were 21 individuals "medically confirmed" to be affected by attacks that harmed their hearing, cognition, balance and vision, some with diagnoses as serious as brain injury.

Cuba's colorful styling is a driving force behind its tourism. The State Department official said the expulsion of Cuban officials was meant to ensure the Cuban embassy in Washington is similarly affected. This has led to suspicions that either the attacks are becoming "more sophisticated and harder to detect", or that workers are attributing "unrelated illnesses" to the attacks.

Twenty-one US diplomats have suffered various physical ailments from the attacks, acknowledging the nature remains unknown as well as the perpetrators.

The argument is the lack of involvement of the Cuban government in the investigation of the unusual illnesses that have affected the American personnel inside the island. Ties between the USA and Cuba were restored under President Barack Obama in 2014 after more than half a century.

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There was reluctance to punish Cuba when the USA still hasn't blamed anyone. That description suggested only bona fide diplomats and their family members were struck, with no logical motivation beyond disrupting U.S.

Havana aerial view from Jose Marti monument, 2008.

The State Department has not disclosed the size of its mission in Cuba. It called them "incidents" instead until September 29. But the State Department revealed earlier this month that they continued as recently as August.

He added: "It appears that the entire incident is being blown up by Rubio and his accomplices who have repeatedly called for an ending of diplomatic relations with Cuba, a halt to United States travel to the island and a return to overtly aggressive policies".

The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel.

Only 27 people now work at the Havana embassy. Photo from US State Department. "I am an optimist and hope we will return one day, before too long", he wrote.

For Cubans, it may be no better. It also temporarily suspended issuing visas to Cubans. It has issued thousands more to Cubans wishing to visit family in America. Now both countries are poised to cut their embassies by more than half, as invisible, unexplained attacks threaten delicate ties between the Cold War rivals.

President Raul Castro has reportedly expressed alarm at the series of incidents, and Cuba's foreign minister toldTillerson in a meeting last last week that his country was not involved in the attacks and was trying to find the culprits.

"We are not assigning culpability". Many said they were disappointed to be ordered to leave.

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Chargé d'Affaires at US Embassy Havana. "They should be taking steps to investigate", not walk away, he said.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. An official said that the new victim had experienced health problems in January but only now has a determination been made that they were connected to the other health incidents.