The Associated Press has published what it claims to be the sound that American diplomats and their families heard in Cuba before suffering a variety of health symptoms reportedly including nausea, hearing loss, and brain damage.
While the AP report notes that it has not received official confirmation that this is the correct sound from the U.S. government – the State Department has not acknowledged the attacks are sonic in nature, and only recently began referring to them as “attacks” – it notes that several individuals affected by the attacks confirmed to their reporter that they had heard the sound.
The publication of a sound associated with the attacks in question puts pressure on the State Department to confirm the nature of the attacks, if not the nature of the health symptoms suffered by the victims.
While State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has confirmed that 22 American diplomats and family members were affected in the incidents, she has refused to confirm any symptoms, citing medical privacy issues.
“There does not exist evidence of the occurrence of the alleged incidents, or the causes and origin of the health symptoms American diplomats and families notified us of,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said in a press conference in early October.