The CIA evacuates an intelligence officer from Serbia as a result of ‘Havana Syndrome’
The CIA has evacuated an intelligence officer from Serbia who was experiencing symptoms associated with “Havana Syndrome” as cases of this mysterious neurological attack continue to affect American spies and diplomats.
This incident in the Balkans – previously unreported – occurred in recent weeks and continues with an alarming increase in attacks, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
About a week ago, a CIA agent contracted suspected Havana syndrome during a business trip to India With CIA Director William Burns and another agent experiencing the same symptoms about a month ago in Vietnam.
All of the anonymous officers reported the same symptoms associated with the unexplained syndrome, which include headache, pain, nausea, or dizziness caused by sounds, pressure, or heat.
200 cases of the as yet unexplained disease, colloquially named for the first reported case in 2016, were reported at the United States Embassy in Havana, Cuba.
About half of the cases involved CIA officers or their relatives, about 60 were linked to Defense Department workers or relatives, and about 50 involved State Department personnel.
As of August, the disease was reported to have affected American individuals stationed on every continent except Antarctica, including an infant in one case.
200 cases of the yet unexplained disease, colloquially named for the first reported case in 2016, have been reported at the United States Embassy in Havana, Cuba, and have infected American individuals on nearly every continent except Antarctica
The sonic weapon that can cause Havana Syndrome is said to be a smaller version of the 1990s Soviet microwave generator, which is kept at the University of New Mexico
An unknown CIA officer has been evacuated from Serbia after experiencing symptoms associated with unexplained Havana syndrome. The report comes a week after a second CIA officer traveled to India earlier this month with CIA Director William Burns (pictured) experiencing the same symptoms.
The circumstances of the incidents are being investigated, including whether the customer in India was targeted for being close to Burns.
“In the past 60 to 90 days, there have been a number of other cases reported” on US soil and globally, Dr. James Giordano, a professor of neurology at Georgetown University who advises the US government on the issue, told the Wall Street Journal. magazine.
“They are seen as valid reports with verified health indicators.”
What causes Havana syndrome remains a mystery.
Some believe that the sSymptoms are inadvertently caused by monitoring equipment; While others believe the accidents are caused by a mysterious sonic weapon.
Dr. Giordano told the Wall Street Journal that the cause could be some form of ultrasound or ultrasound. Fast pulse microwave or laser based system.
He told the newspaper that the intent was not clear, but it could be the use of an electronic monitoring system with unusual side effects, or “a separate form of sabotage device.”
“That’s a nice way of saying this is a weapon,” he said.
On September 15, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued a memo to Department of Defense personnel to report any symptoms of so-called Havana Syndrome in an effort to get to the bottom of the mystery illness.
Austin advised employees who believe they may have developed Havana Syndrome, to “immediately remove yourself, co-workers, and/or a loved one from the area, and report the incident,” according to the memo, which first reported The New York Times.
Although referred to as anomalies by US government officials, Havana syndrome gained its colloquial name from the first reported case of the disease in 2016 at the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba (pictured)
What is Havana Syndrome?
The problem was called “Havana syndrome”, because the first cases infected employees in 2016 at the US Embassy in Cuba.
At least 200 cases across the government are now under investigation, compared to dozens last year, according to a US defense official who was not authorized to discuss the details publicly. The investigation is being led by the National Security Council.
People believed to have reported headache, dizziness, and symptoms compatible with concussion, some requiring months of medical treatment. Some have reported hearing loud noises before the sudden onset of symptoms.
Investigators believe there are at least four cases involving Trump White House officials.
Advocates for those affected accuse the US government of having long failed to take the problem seriously or provide the necessary medical care and benefits.
US senators said last month that the government was investigating an apparent increase in mysterious directed energy attacks.
The request came amid an intense investigation by the US government into the causes of the disease, and the discovery of who or what might be responsible.
David S. said: Cohen, deputy director of the CIA at the annual National Intelligence and Security Summit in September: “There’s a classic intelligence problem, and we’re dealing with it with the same methods.”
‘This is a serious issue. It’s real, it affects our officers, it affects others around their community and in government.
In August, Vice President Kamala Harris’s flight to Vietnam was delayed by more than three hours due to a “hanoi anomaly,” what the US government officially calls suspected cases of Havana syndrome.
In May, reports emerged that some US officials suspected that the notorious Russian foreign intelligence agency – the GRU – could be the culprit.
A US military officer stationed in a country with a large Russian presence also said he felt his head would explode during one incident when he was near a GRU.
Politico reported that government investigators are examining a suspected attack on US personnel in Miami last year.
Earlier in July, former CIA officer and former Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Mark Polymeropoulos claimed he suffered one of the attacks while visiting a Moscow hotel room in 2017 and blamed it for ruining his career, as well as the debilitating headaches he continues to suffer. from him. .
In October 2020, the story of diplomat Mark Linsey, 45, who was stationed in Guangzhou, China, emerged in 2017, when he developed unexplained symptoms, including headaches, memory loss and difficulty sleeping.
His neighbor Catherine Werner also fell ill and fellow US official Robin Garfield was evacuated from Shanghai with his family in June 2018.
Events in China have cast doubt on theories that Russia was behind the attacks, as it is a country where Russian intelligence might have trouble operating.
The memo was issued to all 2.9 million DoD employees, including service members, civilians and contractors