US Officer accompanying CIA chief develops 'Havana' symptoms
Two US officials in Germany hit by 'Havana syndrome': report
Two U.S. officials in Germany have been hit by the mysterious "Havana syndrome," U.S. diplomats told The Wall Street Journal.These are the first known cases reported in NATO countries, although the officials told the Journal the illness has popped up in other officials in European countries.The symptoms the officials experienced were severe headaches, ear pain, nausea, fatigue, insomnia and sluggishness, according to the Journal report.Havana syndrome popped up in 2016 and has affected hundreds of U.S. officials in multiple countries around the world.Many believe Havana syndrome is caused by radio wave attacks from U.S. enemies.
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.
Pentagon asks all personnel to report symptoms of 'Havana syndrome'
The Pentagon is directing military service members, civilian employees and contractors to report when they have symptoms of the so-called "Havana syndrome," The New York Times reported, citing a memo it obtained sent to all military personnel. © Getty Pentagon asks all personnel to report symptoms of 'Havana syndrome' In a letter dated on Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that he wanted individuals to report when they had anomalous health incidents (AHI) and remove themselves from the area immediately.
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.
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.
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.
CIA officer evacuated from Serbia in possible Havana Syndrome case: report .
A CIA officer was reportedly evacuated from Serbia in a possible Havana Syndrome case, after suffering serious injuries that were in line with the mysterious neurological illness.The Wall Street Journal, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported that the incident in Serbia, which occurred in recent weeks, is the latest in a string of attacks perpetrated by unknown assailants on U.S. spies and diplomats overseas.The Hill has reachedThe Wall Street Journal, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported that the incident in Serbia, which occurred in recent weeks, is the latest in a string of attacks perpetrated by unknown assailants on U.S. spies and diplomats overseas.