'Havana syndrome' likely due to 'directed' radio frequency -report

A long-awaited U.S. government report released over the weekend said the most plausible explanation for the mysterious symptoms experienced by American diplomats in U.S. embassies in Havana, Cuba, and other countries were "consistent with a directed radio frequency energy attack."

That's according to a government-commissioned report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released on Saturday, which marks the first time Washington has officially offered an explanation for what's come to be known as "Havana syndrome" though it's still inconclusive.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in October that "significant U.S. government resources" had been dedicated to solving the mystery, in which more than 40 U.S. government employees were affected between 2016 and into 2018.

Diplomats in some postings in Cuba and other countries were plagued with nausea, headaches, dizziness and other unexplained symptoms. "Havana syndrome" has long been the subject of intense speculation, given the nature of the symptoms, the location of the postings, and the silence of the U.S. government.

The State Department said in June of 2018 that it had brought home diplomats who were stationed in China, over concern they were suffering similar symptoms.

Saturday's report did not point a finger at who might be behind the mysterious symptoms, but it cited "significant research in Russia" on pulsed radio frequency technology, and that military personnel exposed to microwave radiation in Eurasian communist countries were said to have experienced the same symptoms suffered by the U.S. diplomats.

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- A long awaited US government report released over the weekend said the most plausible explanation for the mysterious symptoms experienced by American diplomats and US embassies in Havana, Cuba and other countries were, quote, "consistent with a directed radio frequency energy attack."

That's according to a government commissioned report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released on Saturday, which marks the first time Washington has officially offered an explanation for what's come to be known as "Havana syndrome," though it's still inconclusive.

MIKE POMPEO: We continue to try and determine precisely the causation of this.

- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in October that significant US government resources had been dedicated to solving the mystery, in which more than 40 US government employees were affected between 2016 and into 2018.

Diplomats in some postings in Cuba and other countries were plagued with nausea, headaches, dizziness, and other unexplained symptoms. Havana syndrome has long been the subject of intense speculation, given the nature of the symptoms, the location of the postings, and the silence of the US government.

The State Department said in June 2018 that it brought home diplomats who were stationed in China over concern they were suffering similar symptoms. Saturday's report did not point a finger at who might be behind the mysterious symptoms, but it cited quote, "significant research in Russia on post radio frequency technology" and that military personnel exposed to microwave radiation in Eurasian communist countries were said to have experienced the same symptoms suffered by the US diplomats.