Target USA Podcast by WTOP

Target USA -- Episode 78: US diplomats sickened, forced to leave Cuba after invisible attacker struck

"Official" Washington was rattled on Aug. 9 when news broke that U.S. diplomats in Havana had been sickened a mysterious illness that no one could put their finger on. It was so bad that several had to be sent home or reassigned. It had been going on for months. But no one had any answers until doctors determined they were likely suffering from some kind of ultrasonic device. It is a weapon that authorities struggled to define. CBS correspondent Steve Dorsey broke the story. He tells Target USA what he's learned. Also, former State Department counterintelligence official Robert Booth tells us he believes he's figured out what happened.

Target USA Podcast by WTOP
00:00:00 8/17/2017

Past Episodes

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away on Nov., 30, 2018 at the age of 94. He lived a big life. He was a naval war hero, Congressman, UN Ambassador, Ambassador to China, director of the CIA, Vice President, President, global statesman and a very kind person. He accomplished a lot. His friends and family say he was smart, fearless and funny, but, perhaps, his greatest attribute was his compassion for others. On this episode, we look back at his life and at a very special state funeral.
00:00:00 12/5/2018
The Kremlin is believed to have as many as 75,000 informants in London alone. They are allegedly being handled by hundreds of Russian spies inside the United Kingdom. Dr. Andrew Foxhall breaks down the numbers in a new report from the Henry Jackson Society. In the U.S., Russia has been dramatically increasing its spy population, as well. Former CIA officer John Sipher paints a picture of the Kremlin's spy activity in Washington and beyond.
00:00:00 11/28/2018
Our series, Assassins Incorporated: The Kremlin's Secret Squad of Killers, featured four episodes about people who were murdered, were victims of attempted murders or were the family members of those targeted -- all incidents that were allegedly connected to the Kremlin. The objective was to take a closer look at what appeared to be network of people and organizations that were active in locations from central Asia to Washington and many major cities in between and beyond. In this final segment of the series, we discuss the burning question -- would the Kremlin order the killing of Americans in the U.S.?
00:00:00 11/21/2018
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko spoke out against the Kremlin and, like many others, was marked for death. But he managed to elude and expose those who sought to kill him. He faked his own death. In this episode, an exclusive interview, he details how it all happened, moment by moment.
00:00:00 11/14/2018
In 2016, Mike Flynn burst on the national stage with his famous "lock her up" comments at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, in reference to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He eventually became President Donald Trump's national security adviser but was fired 24 days into the job after suspicions about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other Russians came to light. Target USA digs deeper into who Flynn is, partly through a never-before broadcast interview from 2015 that sheds some light on his military career and his views on Russia.
00:00:00 11/13/2018
On this program Marina Litvinenko, widow of Alexander Litvinenko, tells the difficult story of the moment she learned he was poisoned, his brave battle before he died and her ongoing fight for justice. On this episode, she warns U.S. law enforcement officials about Russia's assassins. Previously on episode 141, we told you the story of Paul Joyal, who was shot in his driveway in Adelphi, Maryland on March 1, 2007. Police originally said it was a robbery. But nothing -- not even money, a car or a computer -- was stolen. The case was never solved. Joyal and many experts believe it was a contract hit, carried out because Joyal accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of killing his friend Alexander Litvinenko.
00:00:00 11/7/2018
Previously on episode 140, we started our series, "Assassins Incorporated: The Kremlin's secret squad of killers," by presenting our investigation, which began in March 2016. The objective was then -- and is now -- to use the stories and words of victims to illustrate that the many suspicious and, in some cases, "accidental" deaths of Russians and others were more than just suspicious and accidental. They are incidents that deserve a closer look. The story of Paul Joyal, who was shot in his driveway in Adelphi, Maryland in on March 1, 2007 -- a case that has never been solved -- is highlighted in this episode.
00:00:00 10/31/2018
In March 2016, Target USA began investigating the suspicious deaths of Russian diplomats and others around the world linked, in some way, to the Kremlin. Some of them died in the U.S. ? in New York and D.C. The deaths of some were deemed "natural." Others were obviously murdered. The investigation, which also examined failed assassination attempts, revealed a persistent pattern and a recurrent scheme involving money, power and revenge. Starting with this episode, we're bringing you a series of four podcasts examining this critical issue. We interviewed dozens of people, including victims, their family members, diplomats, journalists, U.S. intelligence, U.S. law enforcement officials and sources, members of Congress, and experts in order to gain a better understanding of how this deadly ring of killers operates.
00:00:00 10/24/2018
This is a special preview program designed to set the stage for a series of podcasts that will be the culmination of more than a year and a half of research and preparation. The series will focus on the U.S.-Russia enigma, and the life and death struggle underway in the shadows. A number of outspoken voices have faced this struggle head on. Some have won and some have lost. Each day the struggle grows more and more critical.
00:26:47 10/18/2018
The Trump administration has ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization delegation office in Washington to close on Oct. 10. Maen Areikat, former chief representative of the General Delegation of the PLO Delegation, told Target USA that the Trump administration is shortsighted. But Kenneth Bricker, a spokesman for The Israel Project, said the PLO provoked the action. We hear both sides on this episode.
00:00:00 10/10/2018

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