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New report: Havana Syndrome linked to Russian sonic weapons

By T.K. Randall
April 1, 2024 · Comment icon 11 comments

The US embassy in Cuba where it all began. Image Credit: US Department of State
A new investigation by multiple news outlets has linked the phenomenon to a Russian intelligence unit.
The true nature of Havana syndrome, which is named after a spate of suspected 'attacks' which began in Havana, Cuba back in 2016, has remained something of a mystery for the better part of a decade.

Victims of the phenomenon typically report symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and nausea as well as debilitating long-term health issues that have proven difficult to treat.

While investigations by government agencies have predominantly ruled out any possibility of foreign involvement, a major new media investigation by The Insider, Der Spiegel and CBS's 60 Minutes seems to have unearthed new evidence to suggest that the victims were deliberately targeted.

According to their research, a very specific Russian military intelligence unit known as 29155 was present in the same cities and at the same times as the 'attacks' took place.

The same unit has also been connected to the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal in 2018.

Intriguingly, the investigation also found evidence to suggest that the unit had been involved in the development of "non-lethal acoustic weapons" - otherwise known as sonic weapons.
Such weapon systems could easily account for the symptoms experienced by those affected.

What has made the US government's official position on Havana syndrome so frustrating is that, despite playing down the possibility of a foreign country being involved, agencies have failed to actually provide any sort of viable alternative explanation.

So could they have been covering up what they really knew about the phenomenon ?

Unsurprisingly, Russia has since moved to deny any involvement.

"No one has ever published or expressed any convincing evidence of these unfounded accusations anywhere," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

"So, all of those are nothing more than unfounded accusations."

Source: BBC News | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Chaldon 12 days ago
No need to be smart when you have a secret high tech weapon. That's military thinking. And Americans are the usual scapegoat for all the non-Western world. Funny thing is Russia is actually a part of the Western civilization, unlike, say, China, and back in the Soviet times we had tons and tons of Western literature translated, even for kids: "Alice in Wonderland", "Winnie-the-Pooh", "Brother Rabbit", "Cipollino", "Karlsson-on-the-Roof", even rhymes for the little kids such as "House that Jack Built" and "Humpty Dumpty", to name only a few - all so popular they almost become native for those w... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 12 days ago
But you would think they wouldn't put test subjects right into American hands by using it needlessly, making it easier for us to figure out what is going on.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Gumball 11 days ago
Wait? A good few months ago they (the CIA) said it was absolutely nothing and was all in the heads of the victims. They hung them out to dry. The story was on this very site. Now, that Russia is making noises in Europe again, they are running around in secret units, zapping American diplomats again? What a joke. Talk about stiffing your own.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 11 days ago
Who says the Russians are "trying it out", OverSword?  The testing phase could have occurred 20 years ago, for all we know. If you think about the evidence, new high-tech weapon used against Americans ^in Cuba^, one does not have to calculate for very long. It's Russia.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cho Jinn 11 days ago
Hey now, you weren't supposed to remember that!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 11 days ago
Absolutely right. And originally, doctors in Europe said that the victims suffered brain damage. American doctors quickly said that it was not brain damage and the other doctors were wrong, Hehummm..... 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Chaldon 11 days ago
People's logic often becomes flawed by their sense of power. Men in power are not geniuses. Actually quite far from it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by OverSword 11 days ago
And causing harm to seemingly random low ranking operatives or their spouses is an effective operation how?  Does not seem a good use.  I have doubts about the official sanctioning of such an operation.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 10 days ago
I agree. Bit we are talking about the country that killed a Russian spy in a very obvious way (radiation poisoning) when there were other ways. in other words, these barbarians don't care who knows, don't care if it is a waste. So,, I am as much sold now as ever before.
Comment icon #11 Posted by fred_mc 8 days ago
Sometimes things went in the opposite direction too, Drutten (Cheburashka in Russian I think) and Krokodilen/Gena/Jena were really big here in Sweden when I was little in the 1970s. We had our own version of them, Drutten candy tablets etc.

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