Politics Officer accompanying CIA chief develops 'Havana' symptoms
A CIA station chief was recalled after claims he wasn't taking victims of the mysterious 'Havana Syndrome' seriously
The first case of the illness was reported by US officials stationed in Cuba in 2016. More than 130 cases have emerged worldwide since.The man, who has not been named, was said to be skeptical about the illness and insensitive to those who said they had experienced it, The Post said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. intelligence officer suffered symptoms linked to a series of suspected directed-energy attacks known as “Havana syndrome” while traveling with CIA Director William Burns in India this month.
Experts are in the process of verifying the officer's symptoms, which are consistent with the scores of other cases in recent years linked to Havana syndrome, according to James Giordano, a scientist briefed on the case and others. CNN first reported the incident.
CIA chief team member reported Havana syndrome symptoms during trip to India: report
A member of CIA Director William Burns's team who traveled to India with him earlier this month reported symptoms that are in line with Havana syndrome and had to receive medical attention.CNN reported on Monday, citing three sources familiar with the matter, that an individual who traveled with Burns to India experienced symptoms abroad and received immediate medical attention once back in the U.S.One source told CNN that Burns was "fuming"CNN reported on Monday, citing three sources familiar with the matter, that an individual who traveled with Burns to India experienced symptoms abroad and received immediate medical attention once back in the U.S.
Defense and intelligence agencies have ramped up investigations of what appears to be a rising number of incidents in which personnel have suffered symptoms consistent with being exposed to directed energy. The symptoms are often referred to as Havana syndrome because of a well-known series of cases affecting personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba beginning in 2016. The U.S. has not publicly linked the incidents to an adversary.
There are at least 200 cases under investigation, half of them involving intelligence personnel.
It's unclear whether the officer was targeted because he was traveling with Burns, whoof possible attacks using microwave or other directed energy.
The CIA declined to comment on the officer's case, but said in a statement that Burns “has made it a top priority to ensure officers get the care they need and that we get to the bottom of this.” Since becoming director, Burns has tripled the number of medical staff studying incidents linked to Havana syndrome and met with agency personnel who reported cases.
A member of the CIA director's team experienced symptoms of the mysterious 'Havana Syndrome' on a trip to India, report says
The incident took place on a September trip to India, CNN reported. At least 130 US personnel have reported the symptoms since 2016.The incident happened earlier this month and left Burns "fuming" with anger, a source told CNN. Employees of the CIA told the outlet that the episode was perceived internally as a direct threat to Burns.
The incident in early September occurred just a few weeks afterdelayed Vice President Kamala Harris' trip from Singapore to Vietnam. U.S. officials said then that it was not someone who worked for the vice president or the White House.
Giordano, professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University and executive director of the Institute for Biodefense Research in Washington, said Tuesday that the intelligence officer had reported symptoms consistent with the syndrome, which generally include loss of balance, dizziness, and headaches. The officer's case “represents a clear and present threat,” Giordano said.
“We’re beginning to see a pattern of increased selective targeted use,” he said.
New reports of possible Havana syndrome cases continue to emerge both in the U.S. and abroad, including two unconfirmed incidents in the U.S. this month and a series of incidents affecting U.S. personnel in Germany several weeks prior, Giordano said.
Diplomats express 'frustration' to Blinken over Havana Syndrome skepticism: report .
A group of U.S. diplomats who have had symptoms in line with the "Havana syndrome" reportedly met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this month to vocalize "frustration" over continued skepticism about their conditions they say exists among some high-level federal officials. NBC News reported Tuesday that based on conversations with more than half a dozen people who participated in the Sept. 10 call, some diplomats have faced challenges receiving adequate medical attention and benefits, despite public messaging from federal officials that the administration is taking their injuries seriously.