1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Paul Cook, (R) California:
"What kind of positive, do you have a finger any fingerprints on this, who is responsible? We've heard the allegations the Russians might be involved, this and that and so at least from my standpoint we've got a lot of what happened on this, because I'm worried about the ambassadors ... been a more worried about the families and everyone else that can be innocent bystanders to something like this."
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Charles Rosenfarb, Bureau of Medical Services Medical Director:
"Unique constellation of symptoms and findings, but with no obvious cause. There are a lot of a lot of speculation the media we prefer not to talk about speculation. All I know is the experts who have examined the patients are doing everything they can to determine, you know what where the injuries occurred what part of the brain and what possibly could cause it."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kenneth Merten, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs: (Partially covered)
"I think the State Department has come to the belief that, Secretary Tillerson came in the belief that, what happened in Cuba is an attack because all the information we have seen is that it seems to be targeted specifically at our embassy. And one other embassy that we know of Canada's employees, diplomats."
U.S. State Department officials and medical professionals called to testify on Capitol Hill regarding the U.S. policy toward Cuba say the over two dozen diplomats who were sickened while on the island were not part of an incident, but an "attack."
"I think the State Department has come to the belief, that Secretary Tillerson came in the belief that what happened in Cuba is an attack," said Kenneth Merten, acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
"All the information we have seen is that it seems to be targeted specifically at our embassy. And one other embassy that we know of Canada's employees, diplomats."
Merten's testimony came during a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing Thursday.
According to State Department, the incidents in Havana, Cuba, began in late 2016 and continued until the most recent confirmed incidents in May 2018.
As a result of the incidents, on September 29, 2017, State ordered the departure of family members and nonemergency personnel from Havana, Cuba, to minimize the number of U.S. personnel and family members at risk of exposure to harm.
The State Department made the reduction in staffing levels permanent on March 5, 2018, leaving the embassy with the minimum personnel necessary to perform core diplomatic and consular functions.
State officials also said since the department could not find a definitive answer on the cause or source of the attacks, it has been unable to recommend a means to stop exposure.