'Havana Syndrome' is not a foreign power campaign, concludes CIA

Some US officials previously alleged the cases of US diplomats suffering mysterious headaches and nausea could have been caused by Russian microwave attacks, but scientists expressed doubts about the theory and said there was not one affliction or cause of the reported cases

Agence France-Presse January 20, 2022 16:52:11 IST
'Havana Syndrome' is not a foreign power campaign, concludes CIA

The incidents tof "Havana Syndrome" first surfaced among diplomats in 2016 in the Cuban capital (Photo: AFP/File/YAMIL LAGE)

Washington: The CIA has concluded that US diplomats suffering mysterious headaches and nausea in what has been dubbed "Havana Syndrome" were not targeted in a global campaign by a foreign power, reports said Wednesday.

NBC News, The New York Times and Politico cited multiple officials briefed on a CIA intelligence assessment on the incidents that first surfaced among diplomats in 2016 in the Cuban capital, in which US and Canadian officials complained of severe headaches, nausea and possible brain damage after hearing high-pitched sounds.

Since then, diplomatic and intelligence officials have reported similar experiences in countries including Australia, Austria, China, Colombia, Germany and Russia.

The reports said the CIA did not rule out foreign involvement in about two dozen cases that remain unexplained, which continue to be investigated.

"In hundreds of other cases of possible symptoms, the agency has found plausible, alternate explanations," the NBC sources told the network.

Some US officials previously alleged the cases of US diplomats suffering mysterious headaches and nausea could have been caused by Russian microwave attacks, but scientists expressed doubts about the theory and said there was not one affliction or cause of the reported cases.

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