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Cubans Forcefully Reject Blame for US Diplomats’ Mystery Ailments

U.S. officials believe some kind of sonic weapon was used to attack two dozen embassy staffers and relatives between the fall of 2016 and this August

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    The Sound Heard By Americans in Cuba Attacks

    The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. embassy workers heard in Havana as they were attacked by what investigators initially believed was a sonic weapon. (Published Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017)

    Cuban officials are forcefully denying that the country's government is to blame for the mysterious ailments that have afflicted two dozen American diplomats and increased tensions between the two nations, according to an exclusive interview with NBC News Tuesday.

    President Donald Trump has publicly blamed the government in Havana for the reported symptoms, which range from hearing loss and nausea to memory problems and mild traumatic brain injury. But the Cubans leading the probe emphatically reject that.

    U.S. officials believe some kind of sonic weapon was used to attack two dozen embassy staffers and relatives between the fall of 2016 and this August, but the Cubans claim they don't even have that technology — and U.S. experts say they don't know of technology that would produce the reported symptoms.

    "Cuba has never produced these types of weapons," said Lt. Col. Jorge Alazo, head of the criminal division of the Interior Ministry.

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    The United States expelled 15 of Cuba's diplomats Tuesday to protest its failure to protect Americans from unexplained attacks in Havana.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017)