Remember a while back American diplomats in Cuba were complaining of a “sonic attack”, implying that the nefarious Russians were behind it. Twenty-four staff at the US embassy claimed all manner of symptoms including headaches, dizziness, nausea, vision problems etc.
Much fatuous posturing followed from the State Department, complete with diplomats being recalled and travel advisories being issued, blah, blah.
Meanwhile, the Cubans investigated and cooperated (colluded!?) with the FBI and recordings were made of the alleged “sonic attacks”. These were shared and indeed, the Associated Press issued a video with the recorded sounds. The Cubans said that the recorded sounds were typical of a type of cricket or cicada that lives in that part of Cuba.
Fast forward to September 2018, and the “usual suspects”, the Russophobic NBC, and particularly the totally bonkers MSNBC, were fingering Russia as the culprit again. As reported on the Moon of Alabama [here]:
The NBC story came with a red flag. One of its authors was the CIA’s mop-up man Ken Dilanian who lets the CIA rewrite his stories before they get published. Whenever one sees that author’s name one must presume to read disinformation.
Other MSM lugenpresse outlets, like the Grauniad in the UK and the Daily Beast website, chimed in with “Russia main suspect behind illnesses of US staff in Cuba,” blah, blah.
But, reality began to poke its ugly nose into the whole sordid affair. In a rare moment of honesty, the New York Times reports[here] that US scientists found, just as the Cubans had, that the sounds were…
The song of the Indies short-tailed cricket …[which] “matches, in nuanced detail, the A.P. recording in duration, pulse repetition rate, power spectrum, pulse rate stability, and oscillations per pulse,” the scientists wrote in their analysis.
And, there’s more…
Alexander Stubbs of the University of California, Berkeley, and Fernando Montealegre-Z of the University of Lincoln in England studied a recording of the sounds made by diplomats and published by The Associated Press.
“There’s plenty of debate in the medical community over what, if any, physical damage there is to these individuals,” said Mr. Stubbs in a phone interview. “All I can say fairly definitively is that the A.P.-released recording is of a cricket, and we think we know what species it is.”[h/t Moon of Alabama].
Canadian expert on insect communication Gerald Pollack of McGill University concurred.
So what have we here? Another hysterical Russophobic story, unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, being spread around the credulous and ignorant “news Media”, the only intention of which would be to stir up more hatred of Russia and further poison international relations.
One wonders when, if ever, the fact-free lie-mongering masquerading as journalism will be held to account?
Don’t hold your breath on that one.