Electromagnetic energy pulses could be behind Havana Syndrome disease affecting US diplomats and spies | US News
Intelligence experts believe around 1,000 US diplomats and intelligence officers affected by a mysterious illness called Havana Syndrome may have been the target of electromagnetic energy pulses.
“Electromagnetic pulse energy, particularly in the high-frequency range, plausibly explains” the earache, dizziness and other symptoms, some of which suffer from the mysterious ailments first reported by U.S. diplomats in the Cuban capital in 2016, according to a report by intelligence experts inside and outside the US government.
The panel said the combination of symptoms in a subset of victims “cannot be readily explained by known environmental or medical conditions.”
The report did not disclose the number of people affected in its unclassified summary, but cases were reported in Russia, Austria, China, Tajikistan and some African countries.
Conscious use of energy
Last week, the CIA announced that it thought it unlikely that Russia or any other foreign adversary would launch a broad campaign to target Americans with energy-emitting devices.
But while most cases have been linked to other causes by doctors and experts, a smaller subset of several dozen cases remains that experts believe could be explained by the intentional use of energy.
The findings of the report released Wednesday “underscore the need for a coordinated, whole-of-government approach,” said Mark Zaid, an attorney representing victims of numerous U.S. government agencies.
“These piecemeal agency assessments sometimes show inconsistent and even conflicting results.”
Symptoms “real and convincing”
Eric Lander, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the panel had been working for nearly nine months and was the first of several expert groups to have such extensive access “to intelligence reports and patient data.”
The panel found the symptoms to be “real and convincing” based on medical reports and interviews with victims and doctors.
In finding that “pulsed electromagnetic energy” could be the cause, the panel said that “information gaps exist” but there are several plausible ways the energy could have been generated, “each with their own requirements, limitations and unknowns.” “.
“Non-standard antennas and techniques” could send signals through the air and buildings
There are such sources that are “concealable and have moderate power requirements,” the report said.
“Using non-standard antennas and techniques, the signals could be transmitted through the air and building materials with little loss”.
Individuals who have been inadvertently exposed to electromagnetic energy signals, which include radio waves, microwaves and X-rays, have reported “sensations” similar to those experienced by victims of Havana syndrome, the report said.
Ultrasound could also be responsible for the symptoms, but only if a victim was in close proximity to the beam, since ultrasound “propagates poorly through air and building materials,” he added.
According to the report, psychosocial factors, including work demands, stress and depression, cannot be solely responsible for the core symptoms of Havana syndrome.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden appointed a senior National Security Council official to coordinate his administration’s response to potential incidents related to Havana syndrome.