Several U.S. diplomats had to leave Havana last year after they mysteriously started to lose their hearing, and officials said an advanced sonic weapon is to blame, The Associated Press reports. The hearing loss began in the fall of 2016, and a U.S. investigation determined that the diplomats had been attacked by a weapon that operated outside the range of audible sound and was covertly placed either inside or outside their homes. Five diplomats were affected. The U.S. responded by expelling two Cuban diplomats from their Washington embassy on May 23, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, adding that investigators are looking into the possibility that a third party operating without Cuba’s knowledge, like Russia, could have deployed the weapons.
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