CIA: Most cases of Havana Syndrome are unrelated to a foreign power
The interim findings of the investigation into the phenomenon that has affected dozens of Americans around the world have suggested that they have suffered from previous problems or that it was a result of environmental factors.
However, about 20 more cases remain unresolved, and the agency does not rule out that they were caused by a direct energy attack.
Victims angry: "Unnecessary report"
Friday, 21 January 2022, 07:50
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The phenomenon was first reported in the Cuban capital.
US Embassy in Havana (Photo: AP)
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) believes it is unlikely that Russia or any other foreign power used microwaves or other forms of direct energy to attack hundreds of American diplomats who experienced the symptoms known as "Havana Syndrome", however, according to one source To discuss the intelligence information, several cases have yet to be resolved and are still being investigated, in which the involvement of a foreign power has not been ruled out.
Investigators have examined hundreds of cases reported worldwide by intelligence officers, diplomats and military personnel and whether their vulnerability is the result of exposure to forms of direct energy.
Casualties reported headaches, fatigue, dizziness and other symptoms associated with brain trauma injuries.
The source noted that most of the cases infected by the intelligence personnel were linked to other medical problems or environmental factors. In some cases, medical tests revealed some undiagnosed tumors in the brain or bacterial infection. The partial findings of the CIA investigation were first published on NBC.
CIA Chairman William Burns said in a statement that the agency's CIA Chairman William Burns said in a statement that the agency has an "uncompromising" commitment to the health of its employees. "While we came to significant interim findings, we did not finish," Burns stressed. "We will continue the mission to investigate these incidents and provide access to first-class medical care to those in need."
The agency's findings were immediately criticized by the victims. Mark Zaid, a lawyer representing more than 15 intelligence officials who reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome, said the CIA was experiencing a "rebellion in the ranks" of those who feared being hired overseas for fear of being attacked. "No reasonable person states that there is a conclusive conclusion at this stage indicating specific validity or weapons, but the publication of the interim report was unnecessary and premature," he said in a statement.
The first reports of a series of brain injuries among American representatives came in 2016, at the embassy in Havana, hence the name of the phenomenon. Russia has been flagged by some intelligence agencies as a suspect in the use of direct energy devices to attack American civilians.
Democrats and Republicans have pressured President Joe Biden's administration to determine who might be responsible for this and improve victim care.
The president last year approved a law designed to provide better medical care to casualties, and the State Department has appointed a new coordinator to examine the cases after the casualties criticized the previous coordinator.