Moves by the White House to curtail various activities by Americans in Cuba may not have been premature at all. Slowly, more details have been emerging over the strange ailments striking down our diplomats in Havana… perhaps too many details, honestly. The latest example is the revelation that the first Americans hit by these mysterious “sonic attacks” might not have actually been our diplomats at all, but our spies. (Associated Press)
Frightening attacks on U.S. personnel in Havana struck the heart of America’s spy network in Cuba, with intelligence operatives among the first and most severely affected victims, The Associated Press has learned.
It wasn’t until U.S. spies, posted to the embassy under diplomatic cover, reported hearing bizarre sounds and experiencing even stranger physical effects that the United States realized something was wrong, individuals familiar with the situation said.
While the attacks started within days of President Donald Trump’s surprise election in November, the precise timeline remains unclear, including whether intelligence officers were the first victims hit or merely the first victims to report it. The U.S. has called the situation “ongoing.”
While it’s too late to do anything about it now, it remains rather depressing when sources begin leaking information about the location of our covert agents. Even if no more specifics than this are given, such leaks can assist our adversaries in figuring out how we go about our “less than obvious” business. It seems to me that there was a time when a responsible press corps wouldn’t report these sorts of details without some official government source putting their name on it.
But with all that said, this entire affair is turning into a mystery suitable for the paranormal conspiracy sites I clearly spend too much time on. What sort of weapon is being used which produces, “unidentifiable, high pitched squealing sounds” leading to “mysterious illnesses which don’t clear up?”
The idea of sonic weapons has been around for a while. Motherboard has a brief history you can peruse if interested. While it sounds futuristic, Hitler had people working on an “acoustic cannon” during WW2, though it apparently didn’t get very far. Israel has allegedly experimented with sonic weapons to break up groups of Palestinian protesters, with one projector being casually referred to as, “the scream.” You can Google the “Brown Sound” if you like, but that takes us even further down the rabbit hole.
The final interesting point from the AP report is that there are supposedly people in the U.S. intelligence community who are giving some credence to the idea that Cuba wasn’t behind this. If so, and assuming we’re not dumb enough to experiment on our own spies and diplomats, who else could be involved? Who would benefit from fracturing relations between us and Cuba yet again? The Russians seem like an obvious choice, since they are traditional allies of the Castro family and probably don’t want to see us getting too chummy.
Of course, that’s still all speculation and it may be a long time before we learn the truth.