World CIA director is said to have warned Russia of 'consequences' if it's found to be behind the 'Havana Syndrome' illnesses hurting US personnel around the world
CIA director says there will be consequences if Russia is behind 'Havana Syndrome' attacks
The director of the CIA has warned Russian intelligence agencies that there will be "consequences" if they are behind the recent "Havana Syndrome" attacks that have plagued U.S. officials in embassies across the world.William Burns issued the confidential warning to Russia's Federal Security Service and the country's Foreign Intelligence Service during a November meeting in Moscow about Russian troops organizing near Ukraine, according to U.S. officials speaking to The Washington Post. Burns reportedly said these consequences would only occur "if" Russia was behind the attacks, signaling that the U.S.
- US personnel have reported brain damage and other symptoms of the mysterious "Havana Syndrome."
- CIA Director Bill Burns warned Russian intel services over the cases, .
- The warning was hedged, suggesting the US doesn't know if Russia is involved, the report said.
The CIA director warned Russia of "consequences" if the country turns out to be behind the "Havana Syndrome" illnesses afflicting American personnel around the world,, citing US officials.
FBI promises to help employees with Havana Syndrome symptoms
In an internal email, the FBI told a former agent reporting symptoms of Havana syndrome that there were "no medical programs in place" to help him.In an email last month, an FBI official told a former agent who had reported possible brain injury symptoms that "unfortunately, the FBI is not authorized to give any medical advice and there are not any medical programs in place for current and/or retired employees." The agent began suffering migraines and dizziness about a decade ago after a stint overseas in a country near Russia.
Bill Burns gave the warning confidentially to the heads of Russia's security and intelligence agencies while he was in Moscow earlier this month, The Post reported, citing the unnamed officials.
The Post noted that Burns tempered his warning by saying that the consquences would come "if" Russia was found to be involved in US personnel falling ill.
The Post noted that the US did not blame Russia, and that the way the warning was delivered suggests the US does not yet know the cause of the illnesse or whether Russia had a role at all.
More than 200 Americans across the world have reported a. Some have reported brain damage.
The cause of it remains unknown, and theories include a microwave weapon.
It was nicknamed "Havana Syndrome" as it was first reported among US personnel in Havana, Cuba, in 2016.
The US is working to try and understand its source.
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