The United States evacuated families and all nonessential personnel from Cuba this week, following a string of apparent attacks against U.S. diplomats. Neither the U.S. nor Cuba knows who is behind it, although some theories do exist.
According to CNN, 21 U.S. diplomats and their families became ill after attacks that initially appear sonic in nature. Sufferers reported a range of symptoms and experiences, and U.S. investigators have not found a concrete cause yet. The American Embassy will continue to operate with a 60% reduced staff. It will also not issue visas, effective immediately. Embassy staff will remain available for American citizens in Cuba.
“None of this has a reasonable explanation,” said Fulton Armstrong, a former CIA official. According to the AP, Armstrong served in Havana long before America re-opened an embassy there. “It’s just mystery after mystery after mystery.”
Travel warning issued for Americans
Secretary of State Rich Tillerson issued a travel warning for Americans, since the country cannot guarantee U.S. citizens’ safety. No tourists reported falling ill, but the attacks took place at hotels where Americans stay. The U.S. travel warning said, “Because our personnel’s safety is at risk, and we are unable to identify the source of the attacks, we believe U.S. citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba.”
President Donald Trump said that in Cuba, “They did some very bad things.” He did not specify who he might mean by “they.” In a meeting with Tillerson, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez denied that Cuba was involved in attacks and accused the U.S. of politicizing the incidents. He said his government would continue to investigate together with with U.S. authorities. Cuba did welcome FBI agents into their country to get to the bottom of it. Here’s what they found.