Director of the Central Intelligence Agency William J. Burns Russian intelligence officials have warned that they will face “consequences” if they are behind a series of unexplained health incidents known as “Havana Syndrome” that have plagued US spies and diplomats around the world.
The comments came as the intelligence chief met with Russia’s Federal Security Service and the leadership of its foreign intelligence service during a visit to Moscow earlier this month, according to US officials familiar with the talks, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
the master. burns He did not directly blame Russia for “anomalous health incidents,” which many suspect were the result of directed energy attacks, but stated that such attacks would be unacceptable and beyond the scope of a “professional intelligence service,” the Washington Post reported.
The warning comes amid a growing consensus among some lawmakers that the episodes are being run by a hostile entity, although efforts to identify the attacker have so far proven fruitless.
Victims, who include diplomats, intelligence agents and senior US government officials, say the attacks can cause debilitating, and in some cases long-lasting, symptoms such as confusion, nausea and cognitive impairment. NBC News, citing internal documents, said Wednesday that the FBI is dealing with at least one case of a worker who has also reported symptoms of Havana syndrome.
Last month, Representative Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., pressed US intelligence officials to acknowledge that unexplained health incidents are the result of targeted attacks, and called for an effort to track down those behind the suspected attacks, on par with the task of tracking Osama. Bin Laden.
The California Democrat, a member of the House Committee on Intelligence, said, “The most pressing and important issue facing the workforce today is the terrorist attacks occurring globally, referred to as ‘anomalous health incidents’.”
asked mr. burns, given the severity and increasing frequency of the attacks, if US officials “should stop calling them incidents and calling them attacks.”
Top Biden administration officials have stepped up efforts to treat those with ambiguous symptoms, which a December National Academy of Sciences report said, “are consistent with the effects of pulsed directed radiofrequency energy.”
Congress has also stepped up its efforts, passing legislation this month to provide financial assistance to victims.
But in terms of definitively identifying the source and who might be responsible, the US remains officially at a loss. Senior officials usually refer to the events as “anomalous health incidents,” rather than as attacks, much to the chagrin of some in Congress.
“It took ten years to find and hunt down Osama bin Laden with … a dedicated workforce,” Mr. Swalwell told Mr. Swalwell. burns. “I hope the same effort will be made to find out who is doing this.”
“And when we find out who’s doing that, I think you’ll find bipartisan support that this would be a further response, if it’s a foreign country, just shut down two consulates,” he is She said. “It has to be a very, very intense response.”