Havana syndrome first appeared in CIA officers. So far, about 200 US officials and their families have been diagnosed with Havana Syndrome.
CIA Director William Burns had accompanied the officers on a visit to India. He briefed CNN and the New York Times about the symptoms of Havana syndrome. According to him, about 200 American officers and their family members are suffering from Havana syndrome.
CIA Officer Havana Syndrome.
There was a stir when an agent who visited India with US intelligence agency CIA director William Burns showed signs of a mysterious disease. When he was tested as soon as he reached America, it was found in the investigation that the symptoms of Havana syndrome were found in the agent. In 2016, the first case of this disease was reported from Havana, the capital of Cuba. Since then the disease has been named Havana syndrome.
According to CNN reports, the symptoms of the disease found in the agent are similar to Havana syndrome. This is the second time in the past month that two prominent US officials have shown symptoms of Havana syndrome. Last month, the visit of Vice President Kamala Harris to Vietnam had to be postponed for some time due to the same threat. At present, Havana syndrome remains a puzzle for America till now.
What is Havana Syndrome
About five years ago, officials posted at the US Embassy in Havana, the capital of Cuba, started falling ill one by one. Patients heard strange sounds and felt strange sensations in the body. This peculiar disease was named Havana syndrome. Earlier it was shown in CIA officers. So far, about 200 US officials and their families have been diagnosed with Havana Syndrome.
According to the report of CNN- Cases of Havana syndrome are now coming from every continent. After Cuba, its cases were found in China, Germany, Australia, Taiwan and even Washington DC. Earlier this year dozens of cases were also detected from Vienna, Austria. This is the first case of Havana syndrome showing symptoms in India.
The US Defense Department thinks that Russia is conducting such attacks. This is a major threat to the national security of America. CIA Director William Burns has said that it is very possible that this syndrome is under human control and that Russia may be behind it. Most US officials believe that this is an attack with electronic weapons. However, the final result has not yet been reached.
Brain Damage Like Bombings In
2016, several CIA officers working at the US embassy in the Cuban capital Havana complained of pressure and tingling in their heads. They were all vomiting and feeling tired, as well as finding it difficult to remember anything. Along with this, he was also having pain in the ear and difficulty in hearing. Later, when the brain was scanned, it was found that the damaged tissue was seen in the same way as the brain tissue is damaged during an accident or bomb blast. Soon after, the US government had withdrawn more than half of its embassy staff from the city.
Does Russia have a hand in this?
Initially US officials believed that it used sound weapons, which could be disturbing and distracting. But later this theory was disproved, because sound waves outside the human hearing cannot cause symptoms such as concussion. Later he thought about the microwave.
A report published last year by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) suggested that microwave beams could damage brain function without causing any structural damage. In 2019, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) also reached the same conclusion. According to NASEM, Russia has been working on microwave technology since 1950, the Soviet Union used to detonate them at the US embassy in Moscow.
This syndrome was not created intentionally,
although some people have a third explanation, according to which it may be a collective psychological disease. This can happen when people in a group start feeling the same symptoms without any external reason. Those who support this theory believe that even if there are disturbing symptoms. Actually there is no disease. This could have happened to diplomats because of the pressure of being under constant surveillance in Cuba.
A panel of the American National Academy of Science has proposed the most plausible theory, according to which directed, pulsed radio frequency energy may be the cause of this syndrome. Burns says that there is a strong possibility that this syndrome was created intentionally and that Russia could be involved in it.