‘Havana syndrome’ likely due to microwave energy, government study found


The mysterious neurological symptoms experienced by US diplomats in China and Cuba are directly consistent with the effects of microwave energy, according to a long-awaited report by the National Academy of Sciences, which supports the long-term conviction of US intelligence officials To cite medical evidence. .

The report, obtained Friday by NBC News, does not conclude that the directed energy was intentionally distributed by a weapon, as some US officials have long believed. But it gives rise to that turbulent possibility.

NBC News reported in 2018 that US intelligence officials considered Russia a prime suspect that some of them had deliberately attacked diplomats and CIA officials abroad. But there was not – and no longer is – decisive intelligence pointing in that direction, to many officials who have been briefed on the case.

As reported by the National Academy of Sciences, a team of medical and scientific experts studied the symptoms of 40 state departments and other government employees and concluded that nothing like them had been done in the medical literature before. Many heard loud noises and felt pressure in their heads, and then experienced dizziness, unsteady gait, and visual disturbances. Many suffered long-term, debilitating effects.

The report noted that the committee felt that many specific and intense signals, symptoms and observations were consistent with the effects of pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy, as directed by (government) employees. “Studies published in open literature by Western and Soviet sources over subsequent decades and in subsequent decades provide circumstantial support for this potential mechanism.”

While the critical question is, “consideration of such a scenario arises only with new tools to harm men and other people seriously concerned about a world, such as the US government having previously laid down its hands Itself is not fraught with naturally occurring hazards, ”the report states, adding that Dr. Dr., a professor in medicine, microbiology and immunology at Stanford. David Rillman and the physician leading the National Academy of Sciences National Academy of Sciences in Washington.

In the past year, as first reported by GQ Magazine, a number of new incidents have been reported by CIA officials in Europe and Asia, including one Mark Polymeropoulos, long and decorated as a case officer He retired last year after a career. He told NBC News that he is still suffering the effects of what he believes was a brain injury he had been traveling to Moscow.

A source directly familiar with the matter told NBC News that the CIA had used mobile phone location data to determine whether some Russian intelligence agents who worked on microwave weapons programs were present in the cities when CIA officers had to face mysterious symptoms. CIA officials believe that a promising leadership but not conclusive evidence.

The State Department and the CIA did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Friday night. Russia has denied any involvement in the incidents.

The study investigated four possibilities to explain symptoms: infection, chemistry, psychological factors, and microwave energy.

“Overall, the directed pulsed RF energy… appears to be the most admirable mechanism by the committee to explain these matters among them. … The committee cannot rule out other possible mechanisms and consider the possibility that a plurality of factors explain the difference between some cases and others. “

The report states that more investigation is needed.

Tourists passing a vintage car by the US Embassy in Havana on November 1, 2018.Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters

Electromagnetic energy, which includes frequencies such as radio and microwave, has been considered a major possibility since the early days of the mystery. Initially, investigators also considered the possibility that sound waves, toxins, or other mechanisms may be involved, although no evidence has been found to support those theories.

Over the years, the FBI, CIA, the US Army, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have investigated the incidents. No one has come forward with any conclusions, and the State Department has quietly shut down using the term “attacks” to explain what happened, as did then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other top officials in the first days of the events. Did after coming to light. Publicly in 2017.

American diplomats starting in late 2016 and other public servants stationed in Havana began to hear strange voices and experience bizarre physical sensations and then fall ill. The events cause hearing, balance, and cognitive changes with mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion.

More than two dozen US workers serving in Cuba and a small number of Canadians were confirmed to be affected, in addition to one US government worker in China who was pegged to experience similar symptoms in 2018.

For some affected employees, those symptoms have resolved and individuals are eventually able to return to a relatively normal life. According to NBC News interviews with US officials, for others, the effects have prevented a persistent and significant barrier to their work and well-being, which were affected.

Cuba has consistently denied involvement in any knowledge or events. In late 2018, NBC News reported that US intelligence agencies investigating Russia were the main suspects investigating the incident, based on interviews with three US officials and two others briefed on the investigation.

Some external medical experts involved in the investigation have speculated that workers may simply have to suffer from a massive mania. But doctors evaluating patients at the University of Pennsylvania, including Advanced Brain Imaging, found differences in their brains, including less white matter and connectivity in areas that control vision and hearing than similarly healthy people.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked about the investigation in October, hinting that there is still no firm conclusion, although he has insisted on allegations raised by several affected diplomats that the State Department has sought to ensure their safety and sufficient Has taken insufficient steps. Care after injury.

“We have done a lot of work to know and identify how it all happened,” Pompeo said. “And we do our best to ensure that we take care of the health and safety of these people and try to determine the cause precisely.”

The report recommends that the State Department establish a response mechanism for similar incidents that allows new cases to be studied more quickly and effectively.

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