Another Canadian diplomat reported a traumatic brain injury when placed in Cuba, bringing a total of 13 cases among diplomats and addicts with "unusual health symptoms."
The person concerned is receiving medical treatment according to Canada's Global Affairs claim, while the government is still investigating the possible causes of the so-called Havana syndrome.
"Given these new information, a decision was made to allow employees currently being sent to Cuba to return to Canada if they so wish," he said.
It's been more than a year since the last report of such an injury at the Canadian Embassy in Havana. Several American and Canadian diplomats and family members have been treated for the past two years after reports of strange shocks like this.
Both countries believe that their diplomats have been targeted by unknown technology, and both the FBI and the RCMP are investigating. The US also imposed sanctions on Cuba for attacks, although officials in both Washington and Ottawa believe the Cuban government is likely to tell the truth when it denies engagement.
A senior Canadian government delegation travels to Cuba next week to review ongoing operations and assess how to further reduce risks.
Long break between attacks
Last winter, Canada made some changes to the Havana mission in response to attacks by 12 diplomats and their family members, including children. Havana became "unaccompanied", which meant that family members were no longer encouraged to join diplomats in Havana.
Canada also recovered its staff at the embassy and found accommodation for new arrivals in one rather than scattered around the city in private homes and apartments. New accommodation facilities are not close to any US diplomatic center, reducing the likelihood that Canadians in Havana will be confused with diplomats in the US.
Before the latest case, the last Canadian last Canadian flag reported an incident but believed that the original attack would occur earlier in the summer. The latest case – involving a diplomat career, according to government sources – comes after almost 18 months without a reported incident.
Universities studying effects
The latest case is expected to be investigated by neurologist Dalhousie University, who deals with the effects of brain injuries and their possible causes. Global Affairs Canada also sent some of its disabled diplomats to the University of Pennsylvania, who, at the request of the US Department of State, took the lead in investigating US diplomats and family members.
Some US diplomats have been affected by reports of unusual sounds before their symptoms or uncomfortable physical feelings have occurred.
Canadian government sources say that out of the 12 cadens who were previously affected, only one reported that they felt the sensation of waves or pulses coming in the air. In all other cases, Canadians learned about their injuries when they began to show signs.
In the most recent case, the diplomat could not recall any specific incident that could cause symptoms.
Who's behind it?
US officials have said the attacks are not in line with any known technology or weapons, but they believe they are deliberate and targeted. Some scientists have pointed out microwave technology as a possible culprit, but neither the US nor the Canadian government has ever dealt with the explanation.
Attacks are supposed to be the work of a state official with a presence in Cuba, but the timing of the incidents – which began during the US-Cuban rapprochement – does not indicate the involvement of a Cuban official.
Potential suspects include other governments such as Russia or China, or dishonest elements within the Cuban regime, possibly with the secrecy of the foreign government.