Cuba has released a report, the most detailed to date, in which local scientists criticize allegations that US and Canadian diplomats were subjected to mysterious attacks while deployed in the country.
The report, developed by a panel of 20 members of the Cuban Academy of Sciences – including neuroscientists, physicists, psychologists and otorhinologists – analyzed the variety of symptoms reported, checking whether it could be a single syndrome, indicating that some of the explanations violated the basic laws of physics, reported the Guardian.
Experts acknowledged, however, that they were unable to examine much of the evidence cited by US investigators.
More than two dozen US and Canadian embassy employees in Havana reported falling ill between 2016 and 2017, prompting US (US) officials to claim they were victims of “sonic attacks” and the shutdown of most operations. In 2017, Canada also reduced diplomatic personnel in the country.
Researchers from both countries have been unable to conclude what may have caused the illnesses, even with similar cases reported since then in Germany, Austria, Russia, China and the US. Some of those affected said they heard a loud, piercing sound and felt intense pressure on the face, accompanied by pain, nausea and dizziness.
The report, published on Monday, said that US scientists themselves had rejected many of the suggested explanations and said that several of the diseases could have been caused by pre-existing conditions or by problems that normally occur in any population.
A report by the US National Academy of Sciences, released in December 2020, concluded that “directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy appears to be the most plausible explanation” for the illnesses among US diplomats. The study did not identify a source for the energy.
The Cuban report found this finding “intriguing because the report cites no direct evidence of the involvement of the [radiofrequência] at events in Havana or elsewhere”.
“No known form of energy can cause brain damage [com precisão semelhante à de um laser] under the conditions described for the alleged incidents in Havana”, he said.
The only explanation that cannot be ruled out, experts suggested, is the possibility that the diplomats’ psyche gave rise to the physical symptoms.
Taísa Pagno //