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The Enduring Mystery of the Cuba Sonic Attacks

No one knows who’s behind them. But some U.S. embassy staff is leaving.
Source: Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters

The U.S. State Department announced Friday it was withdrawing more than half its embassy staff from Cuba following “specific attacks” that sickened at least 21 U.S. embassy employees. On some level it was only the latest blow to Barack Obama’s historic rapprochement with Cuba; on another, though, it was a diplomatic break that never happened. Just last week, Rex Tillerson, the U.S. secretary of state, said Washington was reviewing a plan to close the entire embassy. As it is, U.S.-Cuba relations remain largely intact.

That the at the cases. Canadian diplomats also were affected. And Cuba is cooperating in the investigation.

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