US expels two Cuban diplomats, looks into whether US officials were purposely deafened

Source says investigators looking into whether Cuban government placed sonic devices around embassy staffers’ houses, causing ‘variety of physical symptoms’

The US state department has expelled two diplomats from the Cuban embassy in Washington following a series of unexplained incidents in Cuba that left US officials there with physical symptoms that one official said includes potentially permanent hearing loss.

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the Cubans were asked to leave the US on 23 May after Americans in Cuba “reported incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms”, causing them to leave the island.

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