US diplomats and spooks who experienced “Havana Syndrome” in Cuba and China were “suffering effects of directed microwave energy”, an investigation has found.
A long-awaited report by the National Academies of Sciences cites medical evidence that backs up a long-held conviction that some sort of pulse caused them to develop severe health problems, including paralysis.
It’s thought sophisticated electromagnetic weapons were used on US embassy staff in Cuba and China, which triggered the mysterious illness.
Symptoms have included hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, headaches and fatigue, a pattern consistent with “mild traumatic brain injury,” State Department officials said.
The study’s report, obtained by NBC News, does not conclude the directed energy was delivered intentionally, by a weapon, as some US officials have long believed.
But the National Academies of Sciences’ report raises that chilling possibility.
A team of medical and scientific experts, who studied the symptoms of as many as 40 State Department and other government employees, concluded that nothing like them had previously been documented in medical literature.
It found those affected reported hearing a loud sound and feeling pressure in their heads before becoming dizziness with visual disturbances.
Worse still, many suffered debilitating after-effects.
Overall, directed pulsed RF energy… appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases
The report reads: “The committee 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.
“Studies published in the open literature more than a half-century ago and over the subsequent decades by Western and Soviet sources provide circumstantial support for this possible mechanism.”
The study examined four possibilities to explain the symptoms: Infection, chemicals, psychological factors and microwave energy.
It states: “Overall, directed pulsed RF energy… appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases among those that the committee considered.
“The committee cannot rule out other possible mechanisms and considers it likely that a multiplicity of factors explains some cases and the differences between others.”
‘VICTIMS TORMENTED WITH SYMPTOMS’
The report was given to Congress after bipartisan calls led by US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees.
She said: “The health effects from these mysterious injuries have tormented those afflicted.
“Their illnesses and suffering are real and demand a response from Congress.
“American public servants and their families – who have been targeted – have requested that Congress receive and review this report, so I’m glad the State Department heeded our bipartisan call so we can get to work.”
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One man cut short his trip to Cuba after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing into bed at the same hotel where the US Embassy and other government workers were housed.
The US State Department said the workers suffered “significant injuries” and they reportedly experienced ear pain, pain, tinnitus, vertigo and trouble thinking.
US intelligence officials reportedly considered Russia a leading suspect in what they believed in deliberate attacks on diplomats and CIA officers overseas.
In response, the US government dramatically reduced the number of diplomats posted in Havana.
Investigations by the State Department and FBI have so far failed to get to the bottom of the source of the attacks, saying they were most likely “from a non-natural source”.