American Diplomats Plagued by Unusual Sounds

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United States Consulate in Guangzhou, China. Photo credit to the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China.

Nicholas Silva, Layout Editor

After hearing abnormal sounds, an American diplomat stationed at the American consulate in Guangzhou, China has shown signs of brain trauma. The sound is reported to be a ratcheting, high pitched sound, accompanied by intense pressure. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that it might have been a “sonic attack.”

As of now, the origin of the sounds is unknown, however it is believed -given similarities to a previous event- that it may have been deliberate. In 2016, twenty-four American diplomats and spouses reported similar injuries after hearing odd, wrenching sounds in Havana, Cuba.

American officials are fairly certain that the Cuban government was behind the previous occurrences, given that they occurred during tension-filled times; however they cannot determine any motives for the current issue, regardless of the culprit.

However, that relies on there being a culprit. Some officials say that the sounds may be due to improperly calibrated machinery. However, it might also be deliberate sabotage. At this time, authorities are undecided.

There are currently 2,000 American government officials working in China, and the consulate said in a statement, “While in China, if you experience any unusual acute auditory or sensory phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises, move to a location where the sounds are not present.” This warning stands until a cause and motive can be determined, and is in place to protect all Americans in the country from harm.