The way Castro responded surprised Washington, officials said. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)
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The way Castro responded surprised Washington, several U.S. officials familiar with the exchange told the Associated Press.In a rare face-to-face conversation, Castro told U.S. diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis that he was equally befuddled and concerned. U.S. officials were caught off guard by the way he addressed the matter, devoid of the indignant, how-dare-you-accuse-us attitude the U.S. had come to expect from Cuba's leaders.The list of confirmed American victims was much shorter on Feb. 17, when the U.S. first complained to Cuba.When the U.S. has accused Cuba of misbehavior in the past, like harassing diplomats or cracking down on local dissidents, Havana has often accused Washington of making it up.For decades, Cuba and the U.S. harassed each other's diplomats.It was no secret in Cuba that Fidel, along with some supporters in the government, was uneasy about Raul Castro's opening with the U.S.Word of sonic attacks hadn't reached the top echelons of the White House or U.S. State Department, three former U.S. officials told the AP.On Feb. 17, the U.S. complained to Cuba's embassy in Washington and its Foreign Ministry in Havana.
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