Officials at the U.S. embassy in Bogota, Colombia, have reported symptoms linked to the mysterious “Havana Syndrome” that continue to haunt US spies and diplomats around the world.
U.S. officials said Tuesday that two cases were initially reported by embassy officials in the capital, but said several others were affected. According to The Wall Street Journal, embassy staff were alerted in mid-September to the “extraordinary health events” of at least five families attached to the embassy, who were shocked by one of the first attacks. The latest known cases were reported by US officials
The State Department and Colombian intelligence are investigating the reports, and Secretary of State Anthony Blankenship is preparing to visit the South American country next week.
The State Department declined to comment on embassy officials’ reports when contacted by The Washington Times, but said the department “takes every report very seriously and is working to ensure that victims Employees need to take care of them. ”
“As part of the National Security Council-led Interagency Response effort and in coordination with our partners in the US government, we are thoroughly investigating this report. [anomalous health incidents] “Wherever they are reported,” the State Department spokesman added. Pay attention to care.
The Colombia incident comes after German police confirmed last week that they were investigating “alleged sound weapons attacks” on employees at the US embassy in Berlin. Police issued a statement Friday in response to a report by Der Spiegel.
The reported incidents are part of a wave of suspected attacks in recent months.
Early reports of the syndrome began to surface in 2016 from U.S. officials stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. Many officials there began to experience mild symptoms, including dizziness and headaches that in some cases can last for years.
Since the initial assessment in 2016, the number of U.S. officials reporting symptoms worldwide, including on U.S. soil, has been steadily rising. In May, reports emerged from the Havana Syndrome near the White House about two U.S. officials.
In August, a “potentially unusual health event” – considered by some to be a case of Havana Syndrome – was reported by the US Embassy in Hanoi and Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to Vietnam was briefly delayed.
Earlier this month, a CIA officer reported symptoms during a trip to India, while CIA Director Bill Burns was in the country.
Some estimate that more than 200 personnel have been targeted in the attacks, which have affected officials from the State Department, the Department of Defense and the CIA.
Many people have complained that “Havana syndrome” is caused by microwave or direct energy attacks. A December report from the National Academy of Sciences concluded that the symptoms correspond to the effects of “directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy,” but the US government has not yet identified a specific cause. Of
Last week, President Biden signed into law a bill passed by Congress in September to provide financial and medical assistance to victims.
Mr Biden said dealing with such incidents had been a top priority for his administration. We are bringing the victims to bear the burden of providing first-class medical care and the full resources of the US government to get to the bottom of these incidents, including determining the cause and who is responsible.