Thus far, neither U.S, nor Cuban investigators have been able to determine what is causing the illness; and, the Cuban government is said to be distressed by these developments, because Havana genuinely wants to improve relations with Washington the Daily Mail has reported. Cuban authorities have launched what they portray as an “exhaustive, high-priority, urgent investigation.”
Meanwhile, U.S. investigators are examining the possibility “that the perpetrator could be some rouge Cuban government faction; or even Cuban intelligence, which may fear it will lose its influence if the country is not at daggers drawn with America,” Mr. Leonard wrote. Another possibility being investigated is whether these symptoms and illnesses are the byproduct of a secret/covert Russian intelligence operation. We certainly have clear evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin blames the United States for the collapse of the Soviet Union — something he has called: “the greatest tragedy of the 20th century.” Moscow has a long, historical relationship with Cuban intelligence; and, certainly a strong, on-the-ground presence in Havana. And, Moscow has used sonic devices in a covert manner against U.S. embassy personnel in the past. So, Russia certainly has the motive, means, and opportunity to have carried out such a covert operation. Putin may well have decided to orchestrate some kind of operation/event designed to sabotage the improving U.S./Cuban relationship. And, there is also the possibility that this was a Cuban, or Russian, or joint Cuban/Russian intelligence operation that “involved new technology that had a side-effect no one expected,” Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum told the Daily Mail.
Outside of finding some non man-made cause for this unfortunate, unfolding tragedy, I believe the most likely culprit is Moscow and Vladimir Putin, who does not want to see the U.S./ Cuba relationship improve/strengthen. And, it is likely the result of a Russian covert, solo operation that was done without the knowledge and consent of Cuban intelligence — though some key Cuban intelligence operatives with a long history of loyalty to Russian intelligence could have been involved/assisted Moscow. I have no proof of this possibility, it is just my best guess at the present time, and with the known information thus far. V/R, RCP