Washington, January 10 – Following months of investigations and four visits to the island the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has uncovered no evidence of the alleged “sonic attacks” against U.S. diplomatic personnel in Cuba, according to a January 8 article by Associated Press (AP).
In the article AP cites an unreleased interim report from the bureau’s Operational Technology Division, dated January 4.
According to the news outlet, “The probe has uncovered no evidence that sound waves could have damaged the Americans’ health.”
The results of the FBI investigation coincide with those of the Committee of Cuban experts after senior government officials ordered a thorough investigation into the alleged incidents.
Ever since reports of health issue related to U.S. personnel emerged the Cuban government has categorically stated that its territory has never, nor will it ever, be used to harm accredited diplomatic personnel on the island or their families.
Despite a lack of clarity surrounding the case, Washington took unilateral steps withdrawing the majority of its diplomats from the island – practically paralyzing the visa processing system in Havana – and demanding the withdrawal of 17 Cuban officials from the island’s embassy in Washington.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking to AP, confirmed that the U.S. government has no plans to send its diplomats back to Havana because the United States would be “putting people intentionally in harm’s way.”
Likewise, Florida Senator Marco Rubio – who has been trying to manipulate the case to reverse the few advances made in bilateral relations between the two countries – is set to hold a Senate hearing on the alleged attacks this January 9.
However, Jeff Flake, also a Republican Senator, speaking in Havana January 6 stated that there is no reason to doubt the Cuban government’s position, adding that there is no evidence of the involvement of the Cuban government in any of the reports he has seen. (Granma)