AP and The Independent
Newspaper La Jornada
Friday, January 21, 2022, p. 22
Washington. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) believes it unlikely that Russia or any of its other foreign adversaries are using microwaves or other forms of directed energy to attack hundreds of US officials who attribute their symptoms associated with brain conditions to what is known as Havana syndrome.
The agency’s findings, according to an official who requested anonymity, drew criticism from those who have reported cases and accuse the government of downplaying the ailments.
We assess that it is unlikely that a foreign actor, including Russia, is waging a sustained global campaign harming US personnel with a weapon or device, a senior CIA official told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity.
Researchers have studied hundreds of cases reported worldwide by US intelligence officials, diplomats and military personnel to determine if the conditions are caused by exposure to forms of directed energy. Affected individuals have complained of headaches, dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms consistent with traumatic brain injury.
Most of the cases reviewed by intelligence authorities have been related to other known medical conditions or environmental factors, the official said. He added that in some cases, medical tests have revealed undiagnosed brain tumors or bacterial infections.
In a statement, CIA Director William Burns commented that the agency’s commitment to the health of its officers is unwavering. We will continue our mission to investigate these incidents and provide access to first-rate care for those who need it.
Mark Zaid, a Washington lawyer who represents intelligence agents who have reported cases, said the CIA is having a revolt within its workforce, by people who don’t want to accept foreign assignments for fear of being attacked.
The Havana syndrome cases date back to a series of brain injuries reported in 2016 at the US embassy in Cuba. The incidents have also been reported by diplomats, intelligence officers and military personnel in the Washington area and at foreign representations.
Some intelligence agents have long suspected that Russia uses directed energy devices to attack US personnel.
During a press conference in Berlin, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that after meeting with people who reported cases, I have no doubt that they have had real symptoms and suffering.
We’re going to continue to do everything we can, with every resource possible, to understand, once again, what has happened, why and who might be responsible, Blinken said. We are leaving no stone unturned.