More U.S. Diplomats Evacuated After Possible ‘Sonic Attack’ in China

by Abel Hampton June 9, 2018, 14:09
More U.S. Diplomats Evacuated After Possible ‘Sonic Attack’ in China

A medical team was sent by the State Department to the consulate in Guangzhou last Friday and has been conducting tests on diplomats and their family members who request them.

On Tuesday, Pompeo announced the creation of a task force to further scrutinize "the unexplained health incidents that have affected US government personnel and their family members stationed overseas", according to a statement released Tuesday.

Diplomats in Guangzhou have been experiencing odd symptoms.

In May, one worker there reported experiencing "abnormal sensations of sounds and pressure" - sparking fears of a "sonic attack". The diplomats who reported problems with hearing loss, balance, vision, sleep, and headaches in Cuba were living in hotels and other dense dwellings-places where a listening device or other unknown technology could have easily been planted nearby.

GUANGZHOU, China A US medical team was screening more Americans who work at the consulate in southern China as the State Department confirmed evacuating a number of government employees who experienced unexplained health issues like those that have hurt USA personnel in Cuba and China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday that as far as she was aware the Chinese government had not had any formal communication with US officials on any new cases. He was checked and diagnosed with a "mild traumatic brain injury", the State Department said in a statement.

Last year, 24 USA diplomats and their family members in Cuba fell victim to mysterious "attacks" that left them with injuries resembling brain trauma. "The Task Force includes interagency partners, such as the Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce, Justice, Defense and Energy, as well as other members of the foreign affairs community".

The Penn team said that the patients from Cuba experienced persistent disability, though rehabilitation therapy customised for them seemed to help.

Diplomats from other countries posted in China had not reported experiencing the "weird disease", the editorial said. The embassy's statement, however, mentioned that the health issue can not be linked with the one that a U.S. embassy staffer suffered in Cuba 2016. Cuba does not have an adversarial relationship with Canada, but Ottawa and Moscow have recently clashed over Canadian sanctions.

"The safety and security of United States personnel and their families is our top priority", Nauert said.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) complained that the State Department violated the law by waiting nearly a year before setting up an ARB, rather than the 60 to 120 days after an incident that the law requires.

The US state department said several government employees working in Guangzhou had been sent back to the US to be evaluated. It is also the only USA diplomatic installation in China authorized to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions. On Wednesday night they were flown to the US with their children, including a three-year-old son who was also affected.

Dorsey reports that early Friday morning, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing issued its second health alert, urging Americans with "unexplained physical symptoms" to get medical help, as concerns grew that the mysterious case could be worse than first reported.

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