CIA team reports Havana Syndrome symptoms
By T.K. Randall
September 23, 2021 · 13 comments
The US embassy in Havana, Cuba. Image Credit: U.S. Department of State
One of CIA Director Bill Burns's team members was inexplicably targeted during a recent trip to India.
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.
Intelligence agencies have been formally investigating the phenomenon for months, however so far no explanation has been forthcoming.
As things stand, nobody knows who is responsible or how exactly it is being done.
This latest incident, which occurred when CIA Director Bill Burns visited India earlier this month, reportedly impacted a member of his team and is said to have left him "fuming" with anger.
What makes this particular case so disturbing is that the trip itself was very secretive and only a few individuals at the CIA would have been aware of Burns' private schedule.
Some have speculated that the incident was intended as a direct message to Burns by whoever is responsible to emphasize that nobody is safe and that anyone can be targeted.
When approached by the press, however, the CIA has revealed very little in the way of details.
"We don't comment on specific incidents or officers. We have protocols in place for when individuals report possible anomalous health incidents that include receiving appropriate medical treatment," said a spokesperson. "We will keep doing everything we can to protect our officers."
The bottom line is that someone must be doing this. Finding out who, how and why, however, is a challenge that will likely keep the country's top intelligence experts busy for quite some time.
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