September 20th, 2017

Attacked in bed, safe a few feet away: Cuba mystery deepens


By Josh Lederman, Michael Weissenstein And Matthew Lee, The Associated Press on September 14, 2017.

In this Sept. 12, 2017, photo, a person walks past a cleaning cart at the Hotel Capri in Havana, Cuba. New details about a string of mysterious “health attacks” on U.S. diplomats in Cuba indicate the incidents were narrowly confined within specific rooms or parts of rooms. Aside from their homes, officials said Americans were attacked in at least one hotel, the recently renovated Hotel Capri, steps from the Malecon, Havana’s iconic, waterside promenade. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

WASHINGTON – New details The Associated Press has learned about bizarre “health attacks” on U.S. diplomats in Cuba indicate at least some of the incidents were confined to specific rooms or even parts of rooms with laser-like specificity.

In one case, an American was jolted from his bed in a Havana hotel by a blaring, grinding noise. It went silent when he moved a few feet away. It returned when he stepped back into bed.

U.S. officials who described episodes reported to the embassy say it was as if the victims were walking back and forth through some invisible wall cutting through the room. The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and demanded anonymity.

Several officials say some victims now have problems concentrating or recalling specific words.


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