US Drops Intel On Havana Syndrome

US Drops Intel On Havana Syndrome

( – Since 2016, Americans have wondered what causes Havana Syndrome, the ailment experienced by a variety of government personnel and their families involving the strange symptoms of vertigo, headaches, ear pain, and nausea. Government officials first reported the sickness in Havana, Cuba, lending to its name, but others have claimed to get sick in Russia, China, Vietnam, and Austria in recent years as well. After years of speculation, the US intelligence community believes they have a bit more insight into the issue.

Most Likely Cause? “Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy”

In the spring of 2021, a panel of experts from the intelligence community gathered to research Havana Syndrome and its cause. On Tuesday, February 1, the group announced that “pulsed electromagnetic energy” is the most probable cause of the affliction. The paper admitted there are still “information gaps” in how and where the energy waves come from, but it asserts the hypothesis is “genuine and compelling.”

Despite many Americans believing a bad actor, such as Russia or China, was behind these attacks, officials concluded that hypothesis is unlikely. However, CIA Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines both asserted they’ll continue to work on possible causes for the likely electromagnetic waves causing the syndrome and its unfortunate symptoms.

Stress Can Also Cause Some Symptoms

Researchers have studied the terrible effects of stress on the body for quite a while. So, when some investigators were having trouble understanding a few specific cases of Havana Syndrome, they turned to another hypothesis.

According to a January CIA report, stress could have caused some of the alleged cases of Havana Syndrome. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because government officials and their families are often in difficult, stressful situations that can lead to insomnia and headaches, two common symptoms of the affliction.

A Little Insight, a Lot of Mystery

While these reports do shed a bit of light on Havana Syndrome and hopefully ease some fears in the intelligence and diplomatic community, there’s still a lot unknown about the illness.

Lawyer Mark Zaid, who represents multiple people who have experienced the syndrome, issued a statement soon after the “piecemeal” report asking for a “coordinated, whole of government approach” to understanding and healing those affected. He also criticized the review as showing “inconsistent and even contradictory results.” Zaid hopes additional research can protect other officials from experiencing it in the future.

Hopefully, doctors, researchers, and industry experts can continue to dig into how these strange energy waves affect people and what the United States can do to help people recover from the syndrome.

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