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Havana syndrome hits US diplomats in Vienna

By T.K. Randall
July 18, 2021 · Comment icon 19 comments



Who or what is responsible for the mystery symptoms ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
Cases of unexplained illness among US diplomats are now being investigated by the authorities in Austria.
The mysterious condition, which causes a range of symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and nausea, is named after a spate of such incidents which began in Havana, Cuba back in 2016.

At the time, it was believed that US diplomats were being targeted by some sort of directed energy weapon by unknown foreign agents with the goal of disrupting diplomatic ties with the country.

Now the phenomenon has appeared again - this time in Vienna and again involving US diplomats.

Authorities on both sides of the Atlantic are now investigating.
"We take these reports very seriously and, according to our role as the host state, are working with the US authorities on a joint solution," the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs said in a statement.

"The security of diplomats dispatched to Austria and their families is of utmost priority for us."

The US State Department, meanwhile, also released a statement, saying:

"In coordination with our partners across the US Government, we are vigorously investigating reports of possible unexplained health incidents among the US Embassy Vienna community or wherever they are reported."

As things stand, however, no definitive explanation of the phenomenon has been found.

Source: MSN.com | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Eldorado 1 year ago
Long before Havana Syndrome, the U.S. reported microwaves beamed at an embassy In 1996, Michael Beck and a colleague at the National Security Agency were sent to a "hostile country" on a brief assignment. After being detained at the airport for about an hour, they were allowed to go, but they knew they were being closely watched. A few days into the assignment, Beck woke up at his hotel feeling terrible. https://www.wbur.org/npr/1047342593/long-before-havana-syndrome-u-s-reported-microwaves-beamed-at-an-embassy
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado 5 months ago
United States diplomats and intelligence officers  suffering from the mysterious Havana Syndrome will receive six-figure payouts from the federal government. The payouts for the stricken officials, ordered by the Biden Administration, will range between $100,000 and $200,000 to each recipient, according to a Washington Post report that outlined the compensation plan. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10947063/Diplomats-suffered-mysterious-Havana-syndrome-receive-six-figure-payouts-U-S.html
Comment icon #12 Posted by Zebra3 5 months ago
That's some expensive mass hysteria, apparently.
Comment icon #13 Posted by stereologist 5 months ago
When you consider the total pay out it is far cheaper than dealing with blood sucking lawyers
Comment icon #14 Posted by Zebra3 2 months ago
CIA doctor hit by Havana syndrome says he was in ‘disbelief’ as he suffered what he was investigating https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/25/politics/havana-syndrome-cia-doctor-cnn-special/index.html
Comment icon #15 Posted by stereologist 2 months ago
I read through this article but most of the article is a collection of already told and discarded tales. For example, "Some victims have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries". And those diagnoses were done without CAT or MRI scans of the head. When done, no traumatic brain injuries were seen. This differs from the person the article is about. "Andrews has been examined by a battery of physicians, who have found damage to his vestibular structures — the parts of the body that govern balance and orientation." You can't determine there is vestibular damage without a scan of the head.
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin 2 months ago
Directed microwave energy. Messes with persons head. The Soviets did that to the U.S. embassy in Moscow years ago, except it was for different reasons. The U.S. embassy was in part built by Russian contractors, which implanted special metal cones throughout the walls of the building during an intelligence operation. Microwaves were directed and conversations could be overheard. Once found-out, the embassy was bulldozed and another one built by strictly U.S. contractors. Embassy employees reported headaches and hearing phantom voices.
Comment icon #17 Posted by stereologist 2 months ago
It should be important to note that microwaves do not pass through buildings easily. The Moscow incident had the devices inside the building.  Havana and other places have events inside of buildings. https://www.tonex.com/training-courses/microwave-and-satcom-systems-principles-and-practical-operation/ They can penetrate buildings but the signal is attenuated and scattered by passing through the building. That makes communication not possible. It also means that a directed microwave beam would also be scattered by the metal parts of the building. There would be a requirement to know where the ... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by pallidin 2 months ago
There wasnt too much penetration. The special cones vibrate from sounds, and the microwaves bounce back. It's all in the official report.
Comment icon #19 Posted by stereologist 2 months ago
Exactly my point in stating that the Moscow incident does not apply to the Havana syndrome cases.


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