| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

About 100 CIA officers, family members sick due to ‘Havana Syndrome’

“Havana syndrome,” which US scientist say that though still unexplained, it is most probably caused by directed microwave radiation, has affected about 100 CIA officers and family members, among some 200 US officials, as declared by  CIA Director William Burns.

Tapped by US President Joe Biden as the first career diplomat to serve as CIA chief, said in a National Public Radio interview that he has bolstered his agency’s efforts to determine the cause of the syndrome and what is responsible.

He further confirmed that among other steps, he tapped a senior officer who once led the hunt for Osama bin Laden to head a task force investigating the syndrome, and said he tripled the size of the medical team involved in the probe.

First discovered in Cuba in 2016-17, the US and Canadian diplomats have complained of symptoms ranging from dizziness, loss of balance, hearing loss, and anxiety to something they described as “cognitive fog”.

In the year 2019, a US academic study found “brain abnormalities” in the diplomats who had fallen ill. However, Cuba dismissed the report.

Also, the US accused Cuba of carrying out “sonic attacks”, which is strongly denied.