US still says workers were attacked in Cuba


Associated Press

WASHINGTON

The United States stood behind its assertion that U.S. personnel in Cuba were deliberately attacked and raised the possibility Tuesday that a virus was used, as lawmakers and even the FBI challenged the initial theory of “sonic attacks.”

The lack of answers more than a year after the incidents started has emboldened Cuba’s defenders to argue the U.S. can’t be certain anyone was harmed intentionally – especially since no proof has been publicly presented. But top State Department officials testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said even if it wasn’t a sonic attack, they were sure it was an attack of some other kind.

Fueling renewed skepticism was a new FBI report, revealed by The Associated Press on Monday, saying the U.S. has found no evidence sonic waves were used to harm Americans in Havana. Officials told Congress there are many theories that haven’t been ruled out – including the possibility of a virus deployed intentionally to infect the workers.

Todd Brown, assistant director for the State Department’s Diplomatic Security service, did not offer any evidence for why a virus might be to blame.

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