Russia Main Suspect In "Sonic Attacks" On Diplomats in Cuba and China

By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

September 11, 2018

U.S. officials say Russia is the most likely suspect in a series of "sonic attacks" that caused brain injuries to American government workers in Cuba and China. 

According to NBC News, five unnamed sources have pointed to Russia as the main suspect in the attacks. 

Intelligence officials tell NBC that evidence gathered from signals intelligence - or communication intercepts to non-spies - has pointed to Russia as being the culprit. The intelligence has been compiled by agencies like the FBI, the CIA and other agencies, but the network noted that their sources "declined to elaborate on the nature of the intelligence." 

The investigation began after several government workers began complaining last year of hearing loss, nausea, problems with cognition, vision and brain injuries. Strange sounds heard by workers led investigators to initially believe they were dealing with some kind of sonic weapon, but experts with the FBI later came to the conclusion that sound waves by themselves would be able to cause the kind of injuries seen. 

The U.S. now believes that microwaves were involved in the attacks. 

Officials have not revealed a motive, nor did they conclusively say that Russia was behind them. During congressional testimony last week, State Department officials were unanimous in their opinion that the incident should be considered "attacks." 

"The State Department has come to the determination that they were attacks," Ambassador Peter Boode, told a House Foreign Affairs Committee panel.

Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, told NBC that the investigation is still ongoing, saying they have "made no determination on who or what is responsible for the health attacks." 

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