Officer accompanying CIA chief develops symptoms of “Havana” – .

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Officer accompanying CIA chief develops symptoms of “Havana” – .


WASHINGTON – A US intelligence officer suffered symptoms related to a series of suspected directed energy attacks known as ‘Havana Syndrome’ during a trip with CIA Director William Burns to India this month -this.

Experts are checking the officer’s symptoms, which match scores from other Havana syndrome cases in recent years, according to James Giordano, a scientist briefed on the case and others. CNN first reported the incident.

Defense and intelligence agencies have stepped up their investigations into what appears to be a growing number of incidents in which personnel have exhibited symptoms consistent with exposure to directed energy. The symptoms are often referred to as Havana Syndrome due to a well-known series of cases affecting staff at the US Embassy in Cuba starting in 2016. The US has not publicly linked the incidents to an opponent.

There are at least 200 cases under investigation, half of which involve intelligence personnel.

It is not known whether the officer was targeted because he was traveling with Burns, who ordered an agency-wide review of possible attacks using microwaves or other directed energy.

The CIA declined to comment on the officer’s case, but said in a statement that Burns “has made it a top priority to make sure officers get the care they need and that we get to the bottom of it. “. Since becoming director, Burns has tripled the number of medical staff studying Havana Syndrome incidents and met with agency staff who have reported cases.

The incident in early September came just weeks after two possible cases of Havana Syndrome delayed US Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip from Singapore to Vietnam. US officials then said it was not someone who worked for the Vice President or the White House.

Giordano, professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University and executive director of the Institute for Biodefense Research in Washington, said on Tuesday the intelligence officer reported symptoms consistent with the syndrome, which typically include loss balance, dizziness and headaches. The officer’s case “represents a clear and current threat,” Giordano said.

“We’re starting to see a pattern of increased selective targeted use,” he said.

New reports of possible cases of Havana Syndrome continue to emerge in the United States and abroad, including two unconfirmed incidents in the United States this month and a series of incidents affecting U.S. personnel in Germany several weeks ago, Giordano said.

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