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Three US diplomats in Geneva and one in Paris were among the latest to be diagnosed with the mysterious illness, ‘Havana Syndrome,’ with one rushed back to America.
U.S. diplomats at the diplomatic missions in Geneva and Paris came down with ailments related to Havana Syndrome last summer -a mysterious illness thought to be caused by surveillance equipment or a mysterious sonic weapon.
As the Wall Street Journal reported, at least one American serving in Geneva had to be medevacked to the United States for treatment.
During a town hall meeting, the mission’s leadership informed staff about the incident.
WSJ reported that a similar incident took place in Paris when senior embassy officials emailed diplomats about a suspected case, encouraging others to report any unusual symptoms.
As a result of the new reports, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the entire federal government is working to determine the origin of the illness.
‘To date, we don’t know exactly what’s happened and we don’t know exactly who is responsible,’ Blinken said on MSNBC.
U.S. and Russian security talks were underway on Monday where both Geneva and Paris were affected by the incidents.
He said the Russians have been contacted about the illnesses, but the United States has not been able to figure out who is responsible.
In addition, he said he has met with State Department employees around the world who described the illnesses and how they disrupted their lives as a result of these incidents.
‘There is no doubt in my mind that people have been directly and powerfully affected,’ he said.
‘We are working overtime across the entire government to get to the bottom of what happened, who’s responsible. And in the meantime to make sure that we’re caring for anyone who’s been affected and to protect all of our people to the best of our ability,’ he continued.
According to a 2020 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, Havana Syndrome is characterized by loud noise, ear pain, intense head pressure or vibration, dizziness, visual problems, and cognitive difficulties, and many still experience these and other health problems.
The report assesses the symptoms as ‘consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy.’
Before the onset of symptoms, some have heard a loud noise.
The cause of the neurological damage or long-term damage is currently unknown, as well as what might have caused it.
The symptoms may have been caused by inadvertently malfunctioning surveillance equipment – or they may have been caused by a mysterious sonic weapon. Scientists and government officials are not yet sure who might have been behind the attacks.
Nevertheless, there are those who doubt it’s existence, calling it “mass hysteria.”
Researchers believe Russia may have invented a device during the Cold War that was used to spy on US embassies by collecting data from laptops and cell phones, which may have been used to cause the sudden onset of the sudden surface syndrome.
Scientists now speculate that this microwave technology may have been used as a weapon by an enemy country, like Russia or China.
Both countries deny being involved in the mysterious syndrome in any way.
These new European cases add to the roughly 200 confirmed reports of the unidentified disease since its first reported case occurred at the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba, in 2016.
CIA officers or their relatives accounted for almost half of the cases, nearly 60 were linked to Department of Defense workers or their relatives, and 50 involved State Department officials, according to the outlet.
During Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Asia in September, her departure from Singapore was delayed by more than three hours due to an ‘anomalous health incident in Hanoi,’ her next stop.
In that case, it was the Havana Syndrome.
A Washington Examiner article published in December speculated that George W. Bush may also have fallen ill due to Havana Syndrome in 2007 during a G8 meeting in Germany.
While Bush and Laura Bush were at the gathering of world leaders, both experienced ‘nausea or dizziness,’ as Laura Bush detailed in her book ‘Spoken from the Heart.’ Hearing and balance issues were reported by some aides who traveled with them.
At the time, it was determined that a virus was responsible. However, it was suspected that the couple had been poisoned.
According to the Examiner, Russia is to blame. Microwave emissions are believed to cause Havana Syndrome, and Moscow has been known to use RF/MW capabilities since the Cold War. The Soviets repeatedly bombarded the American embassy in Moscow with low-level microwaves – referred to as the Moscow signal – during the Cold War.
Three Havana Syndrome victims came forward in October to describe the insidious symptoms of the illness; two said it left them brain damaged and that it destroyed their diplomatic careers.
Tina Onefur, Kate Husband, and Kate Husband’s boyfriend Doug Ferguson were all working for the State Department in the Cuban capital when they discovered that they had contracted a mysterious illness.
There was an outbreak of the disorder at the Havana Embassy in 2016 – months before Onefur, Husband, and Ferguson were diagnosed.
In an interview with NBC News last year, the three described in detail their debilitating symptoms, which included hearing loss, headaches, memory loss, dizziness, grogginess and even brain damage.
Onefur cried as she spoke and recalled the fact that she could only work two hours a day since she had been diagnosed with brain damage, recalling the time when in Havana, while washing dishes one night in March 2017, she became overwhelmed with pain.
‘The kids were upstairs playing, and I was standing at the kitchen window, and all of a sudden I felt like I was being struck with something.’
In response to a question about the sensation, Onefur said it was unlike anything she had ever experienced before, adding, ‘It was gripping – it was like I’d been seized by some invisible hand, and I couldn’t move.’