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Did a Cuban Secret Weapon Make U.S. Diplomats Deaf?

Scientists and intelligence analysts continue to question whether undetected sound waves could cause a sudden onset of hearing loss.
The newly reopened Cuban Embassy is seen in the background as a man holds U.S. and Cuban national flags on July 20, 2015.
0526_U.S>_Cuba_relations_Trump_01 Source: Carlos Barria/Reuters

It sounded like something out of Spy vs. Spy, the satirical Cold War comic featuring two black- and white-clad slapstick characters trying to destroy one another with bombs and booby traps.

Last year, secret agents in Havana began bombarding American diplomats with a mysterious weapon that used sound waves to damage their hearing, among “other symptoms.” Or so the Trump administration indicated in August, months after it announced the expulsion of two low-ranking Cuban officials in retaliation for the alleged attack.

As critics began to ask why U.S. officials have yet to

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