Canada Considers Diplomats’ Ailments a Mystery

The Canadian authorities explained that the number Canadian diplomatic personnel in Havana hasn’t changed.

By Cubaencuentro

File photo of the Canadian embassy in Havana.

HAVANA TIMES – The Canadian Police investigating the possible causes of the ailments that eight Canadian embassy personnel in Cuba suffered in 2017 and have been qualified as “sonic attacks” by some media, are still considered a mystery, reports the EFE news agency.

Canadian officials offered the first official report on Wednesday about the incidents that have also affected US diplomatic personnel stationed in the Cuban capital.

According to the information provided, a total of 27 Canadians assigned to Cuba have been examined after several of them suffered different unexplained ailments.

Of these 27 individuals, including diplomatic personnel and their families, eight needed health care for symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and nosebleeds.

The Canadian authorities also explained that, so far, the families of three diplomats stationed in Havana have returned to Canada, two of them after suffering symptoms.

The levels of Canadian diplomatic personnel in the Cuban capital has not changed, unlike the US embassy which has virtually shut down over the same mysterious incidents.

11 thoughts on “Canada Considers Diplomats’ Ailments a Mystery

  • January 21, 2018 at 3:58 am

    There is no direct proof for your theory yet.
    But, given the history of ‘dirty tricks’ against Cuba (and throughout Latin America), your theory is by far the most plausible.
    If Cuba allowed the USA to dictate again, then all these stories would disappear.
    Sad but true.
    It may be another 50 years before the official files are released on this specific incedent.
    And even then some future ultra-right wing, nut-job President may try to have the juicier parts files redacted.

  • January 20, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    This has all the characteristics of a “black flag” incident. That is a provocation secretly carried out by elements of the US intelligence community. When Trump took office it would have been difficult to simply reverse Obama’s recognition of diplomatic recognition of Cuba.

    But an “incident” supplied the administration with what it was looking for. These security elements want to foment unrest in Cuba. Moving the US visa processing staff to Columbia frustrates Cubans who seek to leave through legitimate means.

    Reducing tourist income frustrates the new class of Cuban entrepreneurs. It cuts restaurant income and cab driver income. It hurts the very people (private sector) that Trump claims he wants to help. In the end, its purpose is to make it harder, not easier for Cubans to earn a better living.

    But these elements are clear. All Cuba has to do to reverse this pressure is surrender its sovereignty. Your political leaders may make mistakes on other issues, but on this point they are correct. And as an American citizen I wish it were not the case, but our record throughout Latin America speaks for itself.

  • January 20, 2018 at 8:25 am

    The injuries are real. What caused the injuries remains a mystery and both the Cuban and US governments are possible suspects. I tend to believe that the Castros are the guilty party simply because the US is far less likely to injure Americans to push a political agenda…..I hope.

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