Ros-Lehtinen, Sires, Diaz-Balart, Curbelo, Mooney Request GAO Investigation of State Department Response to Attacks Against U.S. Diplomats in Cuba

Oct 31, 2017

Ros-Lehtinen, Sires, Diaz-Balart, Curbelo, Mooney Request GAO Investigation of State Department Response to Attacks Against U.S. Diplomats in Cuba

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and Rep. Alex X. Mooney (R-WV) submitted a request to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate how the State Department responded to sonic attacks against U.S. and Canadian diplomats and their families in Cuba.

Joint Statement by Ros-Lehtinen and Sires:

“With more than 24 American diplomats and their family members now having received treatment due to the attacks in Cuba, we want to ensure that the State Department responded appropriately and has implemented proper procedures should additional incidents occur in the future. We have asked GAO to investigate the timeline of events, how State responded when the attacks began, and what steps State took to address the medical needs of U.S. personnel and citizens. We are also asking GAO to look at what lessons State has learned and if it has identified vulnerabilities in its security programs. It is not new that the Castro regime undermines our national security at every turn and has always posed a threat to U.S. citizens in Cuba so it is no surprise that Havana cannot protect and ensure the safety of U.S. personnel under its Vienna obligations. We must ensure that the necessary policies are in place to ensure the safety of our government personnel and all U.S. citizens overseas.”

 

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