Madrid, 13 years old (Europe Press)
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez blamed former US President Donald Trump for justifying “artificially” the paralysis of the bilateral rapprochement between the two countries launched by his predecessor, Barack Obama, as he hid behind alleged “sound attacks” by diplomats whose origin was unclear, according to a recently declassified report.
“The declassification of information about alleged health incidents by US diplomats will reveal the extent to which Trump, (Mike) Pompeo and Marco Rubio went to artificially justify a setback in bilateral relations,” Rubio wrote on Twitter.
“One day it will be possible to clarify what happened and what did not happen. Cuba reiterates its desire to cooperate effectively politically and scientifically to find a solution to this issue,” he added.
Rodriguez refers to a declassified report by the US authorities denouncing that “the State Department’s response to these incidents was characterized by a lack of leadership, ineffective communication, and systemic chaos.”
Up to 24 members of the US diplomatic delegation and 14 of the Canadian delegation to Havana suffered from a strange illness between late 2016 and early 2017 after hearing loud noises in what was soon referred to in the press as Havana Syndrome. Alleged attack by Cuban authorities.
It took the State Department six weeks to report these incidents to embassy employees and did not inform their families, according to the declassified report, which also officially confirms the closure of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) office in La Havana.
“The decision to withdraw individuals from Havana does not appear to have been taken in accordance with State Department procedures, nor was it preceded or followed by an official analysis of the risks and benefits of the continued physical presence of US officials in Havana.” The report emphasized that the cause of this disease “is still unknown.”