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US U.S. intel officer on trip with CIA chief had Havana Syndrome symptoms

17:20  21 september  2021
17:20  21 september  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

Two US officials in Germany hit by 'Havana syndrome': report

  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 — An intelligence officer traveling with CIA Director William Burns in India this month reported symptoms consistent with "Havana Syndrome" and sought immediate medical care, according to two people familiar with the matter. It is the second case known to have occurred during a senior U.S. official's travel overseas, and the latest of dozens of new incidents reported this year alone.   

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Last month, Vice President Kamala Harris's trip to Vietnam was temporarily delayed after her delegation was told that at least one American official in Hanoi had suffered symptoms associated with the neurological illness that first emerged years ago among U.S. personnel in Cuba.  

CIA director's team member reported Havana Syndrome symptoms during India trip

  CIA director's team member reported Havana Syndrome symptoms during India trip A CIA spokeswoman declined to confirm the specific case in India but said the U.S. government and the agency are taking every incident seriously. “Director Burns has made it a top priority to ensure officers get the care they need and that we get to the bottom of this,” the spokeswoman said. "We’ve strengthened efforts to determine the origins of the incidents, including assembling a team of our very best experts — bringing an intensity and expertise to this issue akin to our efforts to find Bin Ladin.

William Joseph Burns wearing a suit and tie: CIA Director William Burns speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill, April 14, 2021 in Washington, D.C. / Credit: GRAEME JENNINGS/Getty © Provided by CBS News CIA Director William Burns speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill, April 14, 2021 in Washington, D.C. / Credit: GRAEME JENNINGS/Getty

The symptoms of Havana Syndrome, or "Anomalous Health Incidents," as the Biden administration refers to them, include headaches, nausea and vertigo. Some cases have resulted in a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury. More than 200 American officials, including 100 intelligence officers, have reported suspected cases thus far. 

It is unclear whether the officer who fell ill in India was targeted because of a link to the CIA director. Circumstances of the event are still being investigated. The incident was first reported by CNN. 

Havana Syndrome Symptoms Have Been Reported in These Countries

  Havana Syndrome Symptoms Have Been Reported in These Countries Although first reported in the Cuban capital, the mysterious illness has been reported in many other countries, including China, Vietnam, Russia and Austria.CNN and the New York Times reported the latest case of the mysterious syndrome on Monday.

The U.S. intelligence community has not yet determined whether a foreign actor is to blame, according to previous statements issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). But some U.S. officials suspect the cases may be the result of attempted surveillance by foreign intelligence services using directed energy technologies to target officials' electronic devices.  

Of particular concern, current and former officials say, is that suspected instances of the illness have not abated, and they may even be proliferating globally. Some believe the proximity of recent incidents to current senior administration officials is an indication that the perpetrator may be growing more brazen in its choice of targets.  

A CIA spokesperson told CBS News that while the agency does not comment on specific cases or personnel, it has "protocols in place for when individuals report possible anomalous health incidents that include receiving appropriate medical treatment." 

Officer accompanying CIA chief develops 'Havana' symptoms

  Officer accompanying CIA chief develops 'Havana' symptoms 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.

a large building: CIA names new lead in Havana Syndrome probe 06:12 © Provided by CBS News CIA names new lead in Havana Syndrome probe 06:12

The agency, under Burns, has tripled the number of medical staff dedicated to the health incidents and reinvigorated a task force charged with investigating their cause, "bringing an intensity and expertise to this issue akin to our efforts to find [Osama] bin Laden," the spokesperson said.      

The intelligence community has also convened an expert panel that includes senior CIA and ODNI officials as well as and outside scientists and medical experts to investigate possible causes. 

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: More © Provided by CBS News More "Havana Syndrome" cases investigated 06:39

CIA Deputy Director David Cohen said last week that the agency had made some progress in identifying the incidents' origin, but had not yet issued an analytic judgment about what could be behind them. 

Last Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin sent a memo to all Pentagon employees and contractors urging them to report suspected anomalous health episodes. The memo urged those experiencing symptoms to "immediately" leave the area where they were first felt.

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.

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