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Havana syndrome

Date: 08 December 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The mysterious neurological symptoms experienced by American diplomats in China and Cuba are in line with the effects of directed microwave energy, according to a long-awaited report by the National Academies of Sciences.

 

Background

US and Canadian diplomats posted in Cuba and China have experienced mysterious neurological illness that was named as “Havana Syndrome”.

 

Details

  • A team of medical and scientific experts who studied the symptoms of State Department and other government employees concluded that nothing like them had previously been documented in medical literature.

  • Many reported hearing a loud sound and feeling pressure in their heads, and then experienced dizziness, unsteady gait, and visual disturbances. Many suffered longstanding, debilitating effects.

  • The experts felt that many of the distinctive and acute signs, symptoms, and observations reported by (government) employees are consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy.

  • In 2018, U.S. diplomats in China reported problems similar to those reported in Cuba, as well as undercover C.I.A. agents operating in other countries who were negotiating with those countries on ways to counter Russian covert operations around the world.

  • Research using mobile phone location data, had determined that some Russian intelligence agents who had worked on microwave weapons programs were present in the same cities at the same time that CIA officers suffered mysterious symptoms. 

  • Affected individuals described symptoms such as hearing loss, memory loss, and nausea. Speculation centered around a sonic weapon, with some researchers pointing to infrasound as a possible cause.