According to the CIA the Havana Syndrome, a strange and mysterious condition that has been referred to as Havana Syndrome, is not the result of a prolonged global attack by a hostile country aimed at hundreds U.S. diplomats.
There were hundreds of cases that involved possible signs of this mystery illness. The agency claims they have now found alternate explanations for all except two dozen.
In this unresolved matter, the agency was unable to exclude foreign actors from the investigation.
Biden’s administration instead has referred to those suffering as “anomalous” health events.
The CIA refused to comment.
According to the CIA, the mysterious and strange symptoms do not result from a global war by a hostile force (file photo: lobby of the CIA Langley, Virginia).
This syndrome was first discovered at the US Embassy in Havana. Government employees were suddenly struck with this mysterious illness.
It was widely accepted for many years that brain injuries were caused by Russia, or any other country that deliberately targeted Americans.
According to some, the purpose was to either cause harm to them or gather intelligence.
That theory has now been deemed to be completely unfounded according to sources speaking to NBC News.
Havana Syndrome sufferers have voiced dismay at the fact that claims have been dismissed by the agency.
Many have also suggested that the CIA’s findings on this subject may not necessarily be conclusive, as it failed to coordinate with intelligence agencies such as the Defense Department.
Havana syndrome symptoms include earache, severe head pressure, vibrations, dizziness and visual issues.
There is still much to be done in order to determine what happened, despite hundreds of cases being thrown out.
‘Even two dozen cases is a lot of cases if Americans were attacked,’ one person who was briefed on the findings said.
Havana Syndrome symptoms can include severe ear pain, extreme head pressure, vibration, headaches, dizziness, cognitive difficulties, and loud noises. According to the 2020 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, many people still experience these and other health issues.
According to the report, the symptoms were deemed consistent with the effects directed pulsed radiofrequency (RF) energy.
Some report hearing a loud sound before symptoms suddenly onset.
However, the extent of neurological damage sustained by victims or other long-term effects is not known. It also remains unclear as to what may have been the cause.
U.S. intelligence personnel once pointed the finger at Russia when they suspected that Russia had deliberately attacked diplomats and CIA officials working overseas.
However, in all three years that have passed since then spy agencies failed to find enough evidence to pinpoint the causes or perpetrators of the incidents.
Report 2020 details how brain injuries observed were compatible with directed microwave energy effects, which was also reported in the report. Russia has been long studying these issues.
Russia denies any involvement.
This leaves government officials and scientists puzzled over who could have been responsible for the attacks that started late 2016
We don’t know if these symptoms were accidentally caused by surveillance equipment or if they were due to a strange sonic weapon.
However, some people doubt it’s existence and refer to it as’mass hypertrophy’.
Scientists believe that the mysterious suddenly-appearing syndrome is caused by a device Russia may have developed during the Cold War. This device was then used to spy on US embassies using data from cell phones and laptops.
Experts now believe that this technology could have been used as a weapon by a hostile nation, such as Russia or China.
The involvement of both countries in the incident relating to the mystery syndrome is denied. Officials from the United States now state that they are unable to say if the attacks were deliberate or accidental.
The consulate in Geneva was occupied by at least three Americans. One of them (pictured) had to be taken from Switzerland to the United States for treatment.
Although William Burns, the Director of the CIA, had privately described them as ‘attacks,’ he and Avril Haines have endorsed the most recent reports.
In the coming months, there will be many more reports about Havana syndrome.
The White House National Security Council has put together a task force that is examining Havana Syndrome and it it is expected to report shortly.
The State Department, FBI, and Defense Department all have their own investigations into the cause of this syndrome.
The suspected syndrome was recently reported to have affected three US diplomats, one of them in Paris and two in Geneva.
Four officials from the U.S. diplomatic missions to Geneva and Paris contracted Havana Syndrome last summer.
Similar incidents occurred in Paris. Senior embassy officials advised diplomats to inform others about unusual symptoms and encouraged them to do so (pictured: U.S Embassy in Paris).
Of the three American officials serving at the consulate in Geneva, at least one had to be medevacked from Switzerland to the U.S. for treatment, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The incident was later disclosed to the staff by the leadership of the mission during a town meeting.
This was followed by a similar incident in Paris, where senior embassy officials informed diplomats via email about a suspected case, encouraging others to report any unusual symptoms.
Antony Blinken of the U.S. State Department stated that all federal agencies are working hard to find the root cause of this illness in response to new reports.
Blinken stated last month that he doesn’t yet know what happened or who was responsible.
I’ve heard them. They’ve been listened to. These incidents have a profound effect on the lives of their families and affect their well-being. We are doing all we can to help them.
Havana Syndrome is thought to have been caused by a small version of the Soviet microwave generator from 1990. It is stored at the University of New Mexico.
In Geneva, the Paris attacks occurred at the place where Russia and the U.S. held security talks early December about Moscow’s troop buildingup close to the Ukraine border.
Blinken stated that the United States raised the illness with Russia, but could not make an accurate determination as to who is responsible.
Additionally, the Secretary of State stated that he met State Department staff around the world and heard their stories about the diseases and the impact on their lives.
He stated, “There’s no doubt in my head that people were directly and profoundly affected.”
“We are working overtime across all levels of government to determine who is responsible and what caused it.” He added that in the interim, he wanted to make certain we were caring for all those who have been affected as well as protecting our people to their best ability.
European incidents are now added to the roughly There have been 200 cases reported of this mysterious illness. It was first identified in 2016, at the US Embassy, Havana.
Nearly half of these cases were involving CIA officers and their families, almost 60 of them had been connected to Department of Defense personnel or their family, while 50 of those involved the State Department.
The October issue will feature three Havana Syndrome patients came forward sharing their painful symptoms. Two of them claimed that the disease left them with brain damage and ended up in a career as diplomats.
Tina Onefur and Kate Husband were working together for the US State Department in Cuba when the strange malady struck.
It was discovered in Havana at the Embassy in 2016. This occurred months before Onefur Husband and Ferguson were also diagnosed.
During an interview last year with NBC News, the three discussed their severe symptoms, which included hearing loss, serious headaches, memory problems, dizziness/grogginess, and brain damage.
Onefur was overcome by pain and sobbed while she talked.
“The children were upstairs, I was looking out the window of my kitchen, and suddenly I felt I was struck by something.”
Onefur described the feeling as a gripping sensation. She said it felt almost like she was being held by an invisible hand and couldn’t move.
Onefur choked back tears when Andrea Mitchell asked her about her health today. She said that her symptoms are still strong and persistent, even though she had been gone for more than four years.
Onefur stated that it was difficult to speak about one’s health as this is an invisible injury.
Onefur, who is in tears, says that the disease has caused four and a half years of severe headaches.
Kate Husband, Doug Ferguson and their family were living in Havana’s northern neighborhood during the winter of 2016. They worked in the US Embassy by the day. Their nights were spent at the shared house.
However, the nights of the couple, who hail both from Michigan were often interrupted by strange, loud, disturbing noises seemingly emanating from their backyard.
Husband described the persistent sound as “kind of at the exact same level every time” and added that it was “very loud”, which was something they could not identify.
Ferguson captured the noise with his iPhone and replayed it for Mitchell in the course of the interview.
This recording, which has a sound that resembles a whistle but with a higher frequency, sounds strikingly like a 2017 AP release on this syndrome.
Husband answered the question, “Are there any others in my neighborhood who have heard similar sounds?”
Following a series of symptoms, the couple were eventually examined at University of Pennsylvania by neurologists.
Ferguson was allowed to return to work early 2017 but Husband was eventually diagnosed with brain injury by doctors and sent to treatment.
Mitchell told Husband that Mitchell told him during her diagnosis that a doctor had told her she was aging 20-25 years at the same time after scanning her brain.
After a severe medical condition, she was forced to retire from her job at the State Department.
Husband revealed further that she has balance problems resulting from the brain injury she sustained after 2017’s diagnosis. It is a feeling that can trigger intense bouts of nausea as well as a fogginess making even simple tasks more difficult.