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‘Havana Syndrome’ Not Linked to Foreign Adversary

‘Havana Syndrome’ Not Linked to Foreign Adversary. Credit: Galina Kurdina, David Smith, Saroja B. Angadi / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
‘Havana Syndrome’ Not Linked to Foreign Adversary. Credit: Galina Kurdina, David Smith, Saroja B. Angadi / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

In an assessment that was made public on Wednesday, “Updated Assessment of Anomalous Health Incidents,” it was revealed that the United States Intelligence Community has declared that it is unable to link any instances of the inexplicable disease known as “Havana Syndrome” to a foreign opponent.

The report is the product of collaboration between seven different intelligence agencies. It makes use of the vast resources of the United States intelligence community.

In late 2016, a group of United States diplomats stationed in Havana reported experiencing symptoms that were similar to head trauma. These symptoms included intense headaches and dizziness. These symptoms are now termed collectively as “Havana Syndrome.”

Even if the source of the ailment is still unclear, the most recent analysis reveals that it is not the product of a targeted effort by a foreign opponent. This is contrary to what many people had previously considered to be the case.

It is a key new breakthrough in the continuing inquiry into the unexplained sickness, which has stumped researchers and authorities from the government for years.

Findings of the Investigation

There have been around 1,500 recorded instances of the syndrome throughout the United States government in 96 different counties, with some cases being reported as recently as this year. Cases have been recorded all over the globe in the succeeding years, including clusters of at least 60 instances each in Bogota, Colombia, and Vienna, Austria.

Despite the new assessment, the investigation into the Havana Syndrome will continue, with officials saying that more research will be necessary to determine the cause of the illness.

“There is something counterintuitive to all of this. If doctors are diagnosing some of us with a qualified injury to the brain in the line of duty and we are not saying it was a foreign adversary, what was it from?” said one former CIA agency officer who experienced symptoms.

The US government has previously considered various possible explanations, including sonic or microwave attacks, but no definitive explanation has been identified. Nevertheless, the US government has continued to pursue a range of possible avenues of investigation, including both medical and intelligence-based approaches.

Medical Care and Support For Individuals

Officials emphasized that the US government takes the health and well-being of its personnel seriously and will continue to provide medical care and support for those impacted by the illness.

“We are going to continue to see to it that our colleagues who report these incidents are treated with respect and compassion, and receive timely access to medical care, and we’ll continue to process Havana Act payments based on the eligibility criteria that’s been spelled out in the law,” said, Ned Price, the State Department spokesperson.

Compensation will continue to be provided to victims, officials said, and support for those reporting incidents will continue. It is unclear whether the intelligence task force dedicated to the issue will remain in operation.

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