Havana Syndrome: Russian Intelligence Unit Linked to Mysterious Sickness, According to report

There is a connection between a Russian intelligence unit and the mysterious illness that has affected US diplomats in recent years.

Personnel stationed around the globe have reported experiencing unexplained symptoms like dizziness.

According to a collaborative investigation by The Insider, Der Spiegel, and CBS’s 60 Minutes, there is a possibility that they were subjected to Russian sonic weaponry.

Moscow has refuted the allegations. US officials had previously stated that it was highly unlikely for a foreign power to be responsible.

However, in their assessment of “anomalous health incidents” – delivered last year – they failed to provide any alternative explanation, leaving those who have been affected feeling frustrated.

It was also recognized that the assessment had differing levels of confidence among the various intelligence agencies involved.

The phenomenon is named after Cuba’s capital Havana, where the initial case was identified in 2016. However, the latest report indicates that the first cases may have occurred in Germany two years prior.

Several individuals, including personnel from the White House, CIA, and FBI, have reported experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and a distressing auditory sensation.

Over 1,000 reports of the puzzling ailment have been documented, and there are still numerous cases that remain officially unexplained.

Legislation has been passed by US lawmakers to provide support for individuals who have been affected by the disease, including those with confirmed brain injuries who may be eligible for financial assistance.

There has been a lingering suspicion that individuals impacted may have been targeted by directed energy or microwaves emitted from concealed devices – a notion that was acknowledged in a previous intelligence report from the United States.

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A recent media investigation has put forward claims that a Russian military intelligence unit, referred to as 29155, potentially used “directed energy” weapons to target the minds of American diplomats.

There is evidence suggesting that members of the unit were present in various cities worldwide during incidents reported by US personnel.

As part of the investigation, The Insider – a Russia-focused site – also reported that officers in the 29155 unit had received rewards for their contributions to the development of “non-lethal acoustic weapons.”

A military investigator from the United States, who was looking into cases of the syndrome, revealed to 60 Minutes that there was a significant connection among the victims – a connection related to Russia.

According to Greg Edgreen, there was a particular aspect where they had opposed Russia and achieved remarkable success.

He also mentioned that the burden of proof required to demonstrate Russian involvement had been set at an excessively high level by the United States. He expressed his country’s reluctance to confront some difficult realities.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, dismissed the allegations in the report, stating that there is no evidence to support Russian involvement and that the accusations are baseless.

A victim of the syndrome, an FBI agent, recently shared her unsettling encounter with a mysterious force that struck her home in Florida in 2021 during an interview with 60 Minutes.

“Bam, inside my right ear, it felt as if a dentist was drilling with incredible intensity,” she shared with the programme. “That sensation when it comes uncomfortably near your eardrum?” It’s similar to that, but on a much larger scale.”

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Carrie, the woman, mentioned experiencing a loss of consciousness and subsequent difficulties with memory and concentration.

In response to the report, US officials informed CBS News, the BBC’s US partner, that they will continue to thoroughly investigate unusual health incidents. However, they reiterated their belief that it is highly improbable for a foreign adversary to be accountable.

However, they emphasized that they fully acknowledge and prioritize the experiences and symptoms reported by our colleagues and their family members, without casting doubt on their validity.

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