Another Canadian diplomat has reported a traumatic brain injury in Cuban, bringing 13 total cases among diplomats and dependents with "unusual health symptoms."
The person affected is receiving medical attention, according to a statement from Global Affairs Canada, while the government is continuing to investigate the possible causes of the known Havana Syndrome.
"In light of this new information, a decision was made to allow the staff posted to Cuba to be returned to Canada if they wish," the statement reads.
It has been more than a year since the last report of such injury was the Canadian embassy in Havana. There are several U.S. diplomats. Canadian and family members have been treated over the last two years after reporting similar symptoms to compression.
Both countries believe their diplomats have been targeted using anonymous technology, and the FBI and RCMP are investigating. The U.S. He has also imposed penalties on Cuba over the attacks, although officials in Washington and Ottawa believe that the Cuban government is probably telling the truth when it denies participation.
A delegation of senior Canadian government officials will travel to Cuba next week to review current operations and assess how to reduce the risks further, read the statement.
Hiatus long between attacks
Last winter, Canada made some changes to its Havana mission in response to attacks that had affected 12 diplomats and their families, including children. Havana posted "non-company", which meant that family members were no longer encouraged to join diplomats in Havana.
Canada also renewed its personnel at the embassy, and newcomers' accommodation was found in one compound rather than spreading around the city in private homes and flats. The new accommodation is not close to any US diplomatic facility, reducing the chances that Canadians in Havana are confused with US diplomats.
Before the most recent case, the last fall in the last Canada was discovered to report symptoms, but he believed that the original assault took place earlier that summer. The latest case – which includes a career diplomat, according to sources of government – comes after almost 18 months without any reported incident.
Universities studying effects
The latest case is expected to be examined by a Dalhousie University neurologist that looks at the effects of brain injuries and their potential causes. Global Affairs Canada also sent some of the diplomats affected at the University of Pennsylvania, who have led the work in examining the U.S. diplomatic personnel. and members of the family at the request of the State Department.
Some of the U..S diplomats affected hearing strange sounds before their symptoms appeared, or were suffering from uncomfortable physical feelings.
The sources of the government of Canada say that the 12 Canadians were previously affected, only one who reported felt a feeling of waves than pants coming through the sky. In all other cases, the Canadians became aware of their injuries when they started to experience symptoms.
In the most recent case, the diplomat can not remember any particular event that may have triggered the symptoms.
Who is behind him?
US officials have said that the attacks are not consistent with any known technology or weapon, but they think they are deliberately targeted. Some scientists have highlighted microwave technology as a possible crime, but not the U.S. The Canadian government has settled again on an explanation.
The assumption is that the attacks are the state actor's work with Cuban presence, but the timing of events – which began during a period of preparation across the United States – does not imply the Cuban official involvement.
Potential suspects include other governments such as Russia or China, or fraudulent elements within the Cuban regime, possibly in line with a foreign government.