The Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC) rejected the existence of “sonic attacks” against US diplomats in Havana since the end of 2016, a strange incident recorded even in countries like China or Great Britain. The so-called “mysterious syndrome” is not “scientifically acceptable,” the group of Cuban experts estimated, adding that “after four years there is no evidence of attacks”. The alleged attacks, which paradoxically began at a time when the unprecedented thaw between Washington and Havana was taking place, were one of the arguments used by the government of Donald Trump to reduce the activity of its embassy on the island to almost zero.
“We conclude that the mystery syndrome narrative is not scientifically acceptable in any of its components and that it has only survived due to a biased use of science, “said a group of ACC researchers in the report released by the news portal Cubadebate.
The experts highlighted that some scientific articles accepted “as an axiom that attacks took place in Havana”, building their theories from that idea. “Nevertheless, after four years (that the first cases were reported in Havana) no evidence of attacks has appeared“, they specified.
Since 2016, first in Cuba and then in countries such as the United States, China, Taiwan, Germany and Australia, the mysterious syndrome caused headaches, nausea and possible brain damage to more than twenty American diplomats, according to reports from the White House. Canadian diplomats stationed in Havana were also affected.
The Cuban government investigated the matter and He repeatedly rejected the accounts of Washington as simple disinformation, which never presented evidence of the alleged attacks. In June of this year, President Joe Biden convened a group of experts to re-examine the causes of the rare incidents that plagued US officials.
In early September, Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip to Vietnam was delayed for several hours after the US embassy in the Asian country reported another “possible anomalous incident” about which, later, no further details were given. In this context, the State Department announced that it will allow its diplomats in Havana to work accompanied by some adult relatives, which was interpreted in Havana as a first step to resume consular services on the island.
Experts of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States assured in a report that “the sensations (suffered by the officials) were probably caused by a form of directed energy, probably microwaves.” However, Cuban experts stressed that “no known form of energy can selectively cause brain damage (with spatial precision similar to a laser beam) under the conditions described for the alleged Havana incidents. ”
Instead, the ACC researchers asserted that many illnesses can explain most of the symptoms reported by affected diplomats. They further noted that “neither the Cuban Police, nor the FBI, nor the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, have discovered evidence of attacks on diplomats in Havana despite intensive investigations. “
The ACC was willing to “review its conclusions if new evidence emerges,” while He invited efforts to “refute their interpretations in a climate of open scientific collaboration.” However, he rejected as “established truth a narrative built on flimsy foundations and faulty scientific practice.”