Russia the Main Suspect in US Diplomats' Illness in Cuba

US intelligence agencies reportedly suspect Russia behind mysterious attacks on US personnel in Cuba

US intelligence agencies reportedly suspect Russia behind mysterious attacks on US personnel in Cuba

United States intelligence agencies believe Russian Federation may be behind mysterious attacks against American diplomats in Cuba and China, US network NBC reported Tuesday.

"The U.S. has said 26 government workers were injured in unexplained attacks at their homes and hotels in Havana starting in late 2016, causing brain injuries, hearing loss and problems with cognition, balance, vision and hearing problems".

While Cuba was initially blamed, five sources told NBC that Russian Federation is now considered the main suspect, although investigators are yet to gather enough evidence to formally accuse Moscow.

Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency officials did not immediately return a request for comment on the report.

United States officials said in July that they are still investigating health problems at the U.S. embassy in Cuba, and do not know who or what was behind the mysterious illnesses, which began in 2016 and have affected 26 Americans.

The injuries suffered by diplomats, spies and military officials in Havana included "dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, visual problems, ear complaints and hearing loss, and difficulty sleeping", according to a statement to the House Foreign Affairs committee last week by the task force investigating the incidents.

"If Russia did use a futuristic weapon to damage the brains of USA personnel, it would mark a stunning escalation in Russian aggression toward Western nations", NBC declared, channelling its inner-State Department spokesperson.

Since previous year, the US military has been working to reverse-engineer the weapon or weapons used to harm the diplomats, according to Trump administration officials, congressional aides and others briefed on the investigation, including by testing various devices on animals. As part of that effort, the USA has turned to the Air Force and its directed energy research program at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, where the military has giant lasers and advanced laboratories to test high-power electromagnetic weapons, including microwaves. "The Department does not now know the mechanism for the cause of the injuries, the motive behind these attacks in Cuba, when they actually commenced, or who is responsible".

"We still consider it be a health attack", she added.

"The investigation is ongoing".

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