On May 23, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that a “sonic attack” on the US embassy’s worker occurred in Guangzhou, China, has similar medical indications to incidents in Cuba.
“The medical indications are very similar, and entirely consistent with, the medical indications that were taking place to Americans working in Cuba,” Pompeo said.
The worker was sent to the US for further examination, which “matched mild traumatic brain injury”, Reuters reported.
Pompeo pointed out that medical teams were en route to Guangzhou to investigate the alleged sonic attack.
According to a “health alert” issued by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China, the US diplomatic employee in China reported that he had suffered “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure”.
In November 2016, US diplomats in Cuba stated that they had suffered from alleged acoustic attacks. Cuba dismissed the idea of acoustic strikes as “science fiction” and accused Washington of aspersion.
In October 2017, the US expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from the US justifying the move with Cuba’s alleged failure to protect staff at the U.S. embassy in Havana from alleged health incidents. The cause of those incidents remains unsettled.