bne IntelliNews – American personnel in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan reported as among ‘Havana Syndrome’ victims

A new report on the mysterious Havana Syndrome, affecting US diplomats, intelligence officials and other officials, points to cases in Central Asia.

On July 20, NBC News reports officials say more than one American in Kyrgyzstan has had symptoms, including a baby, in the past year. The next day ABC News came out report citing a case or cases in Uzbekistan, stating that the US government has so far publicly or secretly acknowledged cases in Cuba, Austria, China, Uzbekistan, Russia and the United States.

The neurological symptoms associated with Havana Syndrome – which the United States is concerned about may be a series of attacks by a foreign actor – were first tested by US diplomats about five years ago in Cuba. It is article from The New Yorker magazine on a group of about two dozen cases at the US Embassy in Vienna that brought attention back to the mystery.

ABC said the US intelligence community has launched a new group of experts to investigate “abnormal health incidents”, as mentioned by US officials. The panel brings together senior officials from the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and external scientific and medical experts.

“Directed, impulse energy”

The new panel will follow the results of a report by the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, published last December. He concludes that “directed, pulsed RF energy seems to be the most plausible mechanism to explain these cases, especially in individuals with pronounced early symptoms,” and says that some of the brain damage observed is consistent with the effects of directed microwave energy. which Russia has long studied.

This was reported by NBC News in 2018, that U.S. intelligence officials considered Russia a leading suspect in what some identified as deliberate attacks on diplomats and CIA officials abroad. But there was no – and no now – convincing intelligence pointing in this direction, many officials who were informed on the matter told the media about their latest report.

Dozens of U.S. employees have been diagnosed with Havana injuries, including brain injuries, after reporting strange experiences such as loud noises or feelings of pressure or vibration, or debilitating symptoms, including headaches, nausea, cognitive deficits, and vision problems. , hearing or balancing.

U.S. officials have also privately informed various media outlets that they suspect that the actor behind Havana’s syndrome could use a microwave power device either to secretly collect digital data or to intentionally injure U.S. personnel in a harassment campaign.

Former CIA agent Mark Polymeropoulos, who said he believed he was hit during a trip to Moscow in 2017, said the incident was “mass victim. “