On Thursday (July 22), CIA Director William Burns announced that about 100 CIA employees and their family members are among 200 cases of “Hanana syndrome” in the diplomatic, intelligence and military sectors. the army of this country. This is a mysterious illness that includes migraines and vertigo.
CIA Director William Burns
The general symptoms of the disease include dizziness, headache, nausea, memory loss, etc. Because the disease began to appear in the diplomatic staff of the US embassy in Havana, Cuba in 2016. It is collectively known as “Havana syndrome”. After that, the disease continued to occur for the US diplomatic mission in Canada, China and appeared in some officials in Washington D.C.
As of May, US officials have recorded at least 130 cases of “Havana syndrome” in US diplomats, intelligence officers and defense officials. Recently, the US State Department also said that many US diplomats and government officials in Vienna (Austria) fell ill one after another for unknown reasons.
Meanwhile, a report by the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) concluded in December 2020 that “directed energy beams” are most likely the cause of “unknown diseases”. ” for American diplomats and spies around the world.
William Burns was appointed by US President Joe Biden and was the first professional diplomat to hold the post of CIA director. In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), he said he has stepped up his agency’s efforts to determine the cause of the syndrome and who should be responsible for it.
Burns confirmed, among other steps, that he appointed a senior officer who once led the hunt for Osama bin Laden to lead a task force investigating the syndrome, while also tripling him. size of the medical group involved in this survey.
The CIA director said the agency also shortened the time that people with CIA links had to wait to be hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from eight weeks to two weeks.
He told NPR in his first interview since becoming CIA director in March: “I think it’s a profound responsibility of any leader to take care of his or her employees, and that’s it. what I am determined to do.”
He stressed that the syndrome has a “very high probability” of being intentionally caused and Russia may be responsible. He added that he refused to draw a final conclusion pending further investigation.
According to Reuters, Moscow has now denied any involvement in the incident.