US Studies Possible Viral Attacks on its Diplomats in Cuba

Tillerson tells AP Cuba still risky FBI doubts sonic attack

According to Vidal, the hearing organized by Republican Senator Marco Rubio and his Democrat colleague Robert Menendez is an affront to truth and is a further sign of total lack of scruples and credibility of both legislators, recognized for their political agenda greared for many years to push the USA and Cuba into confrontation.

The goal of the hearing is to establish the facts surrounding the attacks and conduct oversight over the State Department's handling of the attacks. Officials said investigators, working with top academic experts, considered every possible benign explanation, such as environmental toxins.

Also present at the hearing were the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco Palmieri, and the medical director of the State Department, Charles Rosenfarb.

The FBI confirmed that there is no evidence of alleged "sonic" attacks in Cuba targeting US and some Canadian representatives which prompted Washington to recall a number of staff at their Havana embassy.

In a statement provided to CBSMiami, the State Department wrote, "The investigation into the attacks is ongoing". "He also emphasized that we will not release information that helps the perpetrator determine the effectiveness of any attacks".

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"According to the law, in any case of serious injury related to a US government mission overseas, the secretary of state shall a convene an accountability review board", Rubio said. He added that he will not reverse those actions until the Cuban government can guarantee the safety of Americans.

The Cuban government has denied any involvement.

When asked by Rubio, one of the greatest critics of the thaw in relations with Cuba that was implemented by Democratic President Barack Obama, Brown said he cannot guarantee that USA diplomats can be safe in Cuba since it is not known what caused the symptoms.

The US determined the attacks occurred in diplomatic residences of United States diplomats, as well as in Hotel Nacional and Hotel Capri. "Nobody is saying that these people didn't experience some event, but there's no evidence that that was a deliberate attack by somebody, either the Cubans or anybody else", Flake told the Associated Press.

Sen. Rubio took to Twitter on Sunday to push back against Flake's comments.

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Palmieri said that the State Department then began identifying "these unusual events" with certain health symptoms and approached the Cuban government in mid-February to demand it meet its obligations under the Vienna Convention to protect US personnel in Havana. Beginning in mid-April, the State Department began allowing those serving in Cuba who did not feel safe at the post to return to the U.S.

However, Tillerson remains adamant, defending the order to evacuate saying US federal personnel, citizens and their families and saying he would not renounce the decision until the "deliberate attacks" were stopped.

President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have said that Cuba is responsible for the sonic attacks.

All Canadian personnel experiencing symptoms have undergone testing in Canada or the U.S., Global Affairs spokesperson Sujata Raisinghani said on January 4.

About two years after former U.S. President Barack Obama chose to deepen engagement with the Cuban government, American government personnel began showing signs "similar to what might be seen in patients following mild traumatic brain injury or concussion", testified Dr. Charles Rosenfarb, the medical director for DOS's Bureau of Medical Services.

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