At least two other US officials at the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany, have sought treatment in recent weeks for symptoms of the mysterious “Havana syndrome,” according to a report.
The individuals suffered from nausea, severe headaches, ear pain, fatigue, insomnia and lethargy – symptoms that sometimes kept them from working, the Wall Street Journal first reported, citing unidentified diplomats familiar with the subject.
The newspaper said the cases represent the first to be reported in a NATO country harboring US troops and nuclear weapons. U.S. officials stationed in other European countries that are not members of NATO have reported symptoms related to Havana Syndrome in the past.
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Among those affected were intelligence officers or diplomats working on Russian-related issues such as gas exports, cybersecurity and political interference, the Journal reported. In July, NBC News reported the first case of Havana Syndrome detected at the US Embassy in Berlin.
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and CIA Director Bill Burns have been investigating a growing number of reported injuries and illnesses, possibly related to energy attacks directed in what is known as the syndrome. Yet no definitive or culpable cause has been determined.
In July, the CIA appointed a new director of its Syndrome Investigation Task Force, an undercover official who participated in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The State Department also announced in July that other cases were under investigation at the United States Embassy in Vienna, Austria.
The task force was first formed in December after a group of scientists from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine identified “directed and pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy” as the most likely cause of Havana Syndrome – which got its name. because the symptoms were first reported by diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in the Cuban capital in 2016.
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The latest cases come as intelligence agencies must adjust to the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, as well as their examinations of the origins of COVID-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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