Top US security official targeted in Cuba Embassy covert attacks: report

Top US security official targeted in Cuba Embassy covert attacks: report
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The top security official at the U.S. Embassy in Havana was among those targeted by "sonic attacks," reported CBS News.

At least 21 Americans have been targeted in the mysterious attacks that can cause mild traumatic brain injury.

The embassy's regional security officer, a member of the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, was hit by the attacks, according to two sources familiar with the incidents. The regional security officer is in charge of overseeing safety and security of embassy personnel.

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Cuban officials have denied involvement in the attacks, which have also hit Canadian diplomats, and offered to cooperate with the United States in investigations.

The State Department has not blamed Cuba in the attacks, but it did ask two Cuban diplomats, Joel Lago Oliva and Frank Silva Hernandez, to leave the United States.

Because of the Cuban denials, some analysts have speculated that a third party — potentially Venezuela, Russia or North Korea — could be behind the attacks.

Russia denied involvement through its foreign ministry and offered to help Cuban investigations into the attacks.

U.S. officials earlier this month blamed the attacks on a covert sonic device, using sound waves for the most part outside the range of human hearing to inflict damage on its victims.

The attacks began last fall and were thought to have stopped, but a new case was reported on Aug. 21.