Via NBC News:
NBC News also reviewed hundreds of pages of medical records of U.S. government workers evacuated from both Cuba and China, including those the U.S. has “medically confirmed” were attacked and those it ultimately said were not.
Most of the American diplomatic evacuees have improved enough to resume work, State Department officials said. Some have been granted accommodations, such as shortened work hours, dimmed office lights or special glasses. Meanwhile, the White House National Security Council is preparing legislation to deal with gaps that Workers’ Compensation doesn’t currently cover, such as care for affected spouses or pay-outs for permanent impairment of the brain.
In internal State Department instructions reviewed by NBC News, workers in Cuba and China were told not to discuss what they knew with the public, with reporters or on social media.
In May, Pompeo called Werner’s case “entirely consistent” with the Cuba patients. But now top U.S. diplomats say they’re not sure it’s the same thing, with one telling the House Foreign Affairs Committee it’s “apples and oranges.”
And the State Department, in explaining why it’s not setting up a review board to assess the response in Cuba, told NBC News that Pompeo didn’t believe there was enough information to prove that Werner’s injury was “related to a U.S. government mission abroad.”
Somebody please set us straight here. Wasn’t there an ARB for the Cuba attack? Or was there an ARB Havana but no ARB Guangzhou? How did State made a determination that there wasn’t enough information the injury was “related to a U.S. government mission abroad” without convening an Accountability Review Board? Did they use their Magic 8 crystal ball?
Physicians treating diplomats evacuated from #Cuba, China wouldn't speak on-record. But one recalled a patient with all the same symptoms who was "cleared." He said Penn doctors "getting thrown under the bus" by "doubting voices in the State Department." https://t.co/6I3PUgsxfs
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) October 29, 2018
Even more worrying is that some diplomats and doctors say the U.S. government is working to minimize what happened in China, deeming some cases that found similar conditions to those of the Cuba evacuees as “indeterminate.” https://t.co/3CBGATAeb0 (4/7) pic.twitter.com/MNPf9FvKXY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 29, 2018
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