Some of the 1,000 U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers hit by a mysterious illness known as Havana Syndrome could have been targeted by electromagnetic energy pulses, according to a report to U.S. intelligence leaders released on Wednesday.
“Pulse electromagnetic energy, particularly in the radio frequency range, plausibly explains” the ear pain, vertigo, and other symptoms of some of those suffering the ailments first reported by U.S. diplomats in the Cuban capital in 2016, experts from inside and outside the U.S. government said.
The panel of experts was convened by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and CIA Deputy Director David Cohen.
The combination of symptoms “cannot be easily explained by known environment or medical conditions” among a subset of victims. The number of those people was not disclosed in the report’s unclassified executive summary.
Cases have been reported in Russia, China, Tajikistan and some African countries.
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