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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:47

Who is responsible for the sonic attacks on US diplomats in Cuba?

Written by  Tom Rogan

I don't know who is responsible for the so-called "sonic attacks" on U.S. diplomats in Cuba, but I have some ideas.

First off, it's worth noting what White House chief of staff, John Kelly, added to the story, Thursday, when he stated, "We believe the Cuban government could stop the attacks on our diplomats.


The attacks, an audio representation of which the AP released on Thursday, have affected around two-dozen U.S. diplomats and a number of Canadians, leading to symptoms including extreme headaches, speech difficulties, and hearing loss.

I think Kelly's comment is notable for two reasons.

Most obviously, as chief of staff, Kelly is entitled to the highest-level intelligence in the U.S. government. Kelly thus knows everything that the U.S. intelligence community knows about the sonic incidents in Cuba. But Kelly's comment wasn't just interesting in its content, but also in its delivery. After all, Kelly paused to consider his words before answering. While it might seem like I'm stretching here, when a politician pauses before speaking about sensitive national security issues, it's often because they want to avoid leaking any U.S. intelligence indicators.

In turn, by associating the attacks with the Cuban government, Kelly suggests the U.S. confidently believes that Cuba knows who is responsible for the attacks.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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