World Bulletin / News Desk
Newly declassified and released memos show that Dr. Jeffery Chermin, a physician with Health Canada, was dispatched to the Canadian embassy in Havana last June.
Diplomatic staff experienced symptoms similar to that suffered by American diplomats such as nosebleeds, short-term memory and hearing loss as well as nausea. The source of the maladies remains a mystery, but speculation by officials pointed to some type of sonic attack.
The phenomenon was severe enough that the U.S., blaming Cuba for the attacks, recalled many of its embassy staff home from Havana, while expelling Cuban representatives from Washington.
The newly disclosed Global Canada memos state that as early as May, Canadian staff experienced medical problems.
“Many of the symptoms are similar to signs of extreme stress and there is the possibility that there could be mental health effects caused by the fear of being targeted,” diplomat Karen Foss wrote. “Either way, testing should help to rule out cases and reassure personnel that we have the means to be able to provide duty of care.”
She wrote in a May 28 email that the cause of the ailments could not be pinpointed – “There are no answers.”
All Canadian diplomatic staff that had symptoms underwent testing in Canada or the U.S. and officials said later in the year that all had recovered, but a Global Affairs spokesman declined Thursday to say how many were affected.
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Trump, in a tweet, did not identify Holt by name but Utah Senator Orrin Hatch confirmed that the Utah resident had been freed.
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