| 7 October 2022, Friday |

No evidence so far of foreign responsibility for Havana Syndrome – CIA official

According to a CIA official, it is doubtful that Russia or another “foreign actor” was responsible for the majority of the unusual health episodes that have plagued US diplomats and intelligence officials across the world for years.

According to the official, the majority of 1,000 instances “may be properly explained by medical disorders or environmental and technological causes, including previously undiscovered diseases,” according to the findings of a preliminary assessment on so-called Havana Syndrome.

“We have not discovered proof of state actor participation in any cases so far,” the person added. “The discovery does not call into doubt the fact that our officers are reporting legitimate experiences and symptoms.”

The CIA is still looking into two dozen unexplained incidents that might provide further information about whether other governments are engaged, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“We have not ruled out the possibility of a foreign actor being involved in these incidents,” the official added.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated at a press conference in Berlin that the US administration will continue to examine the subject.

“We will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of it,” said Blinken, who was in Berlin as part of a series of meetings regarding Russia and Ukraine.

The mysterious ailment, first reported among U.S. officials in the Cuban capital in 2016, has afflicted U.S. diplomats, officials and family members overseas. Symptoms have included migraines, nausea, memory lapses and dizziness.

“We are going to continue to do everything we can with all the resources we can bring to bear to understand, again, what happened, why and who might be responsible,” Blinken said, adding that the State Department would continue to focus on making sure those afflicted get needed healthcare.

CIA Director William Burns made a similar pledge.

“While we have reached some significant interim findings, we are not done,” Burns said in a statement. “We will continue the mission to investigate these incidents and provide access to world-class care for those who need it.”

  • Reuters