CIA Spy Chosen for Havana Syndrome Investigation

CIA Spy Chosen for Havana Syndrome Investigation

( – Scientific innovation can be both a blessing and a curse. Microwave technology is a perfect example of technology that serves as both a benefit and a detriment to humanity. Microwaves have numerous applications in the field of communications ranging from long-distance wire transmission to GPS systems to radar and have several medical uses for a variety of fields. Yet, they also have a variety of harmful applications.

For example, in late 2016, the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba, reported several employees experienced various inexplicable symptoms like ear pain, vertigo, cognitive disturbance and more. The following year, US Consulate staff in China reported experiencing similar symptoms. In addition, since President Joe Biden assumed office, at least two dozen diplomats, intelligence officers, and other government officials have fallen victim to the same symptoms in Vienna, Austria.

The US government adopted the name “Havana syndrome” to describe the affliction. Although its cause remains a mystery, health officials believe it resulted from a directed energy device of some sort, probably using microwave technology.

Since then, those attacks have spread to several countries, including the United States, alarming US officials, diplomats and intelligence officers globally.

The US Starts Investigating Havana Syndrome

In April 2021, US officials started investigating two potential Havana syndrome attacks in the United States. One took place near the White House, and the other happened in a Virginia suburb.

On July 21, The Wall Street Journal reported that the head of the CIA, William Burns, appointed an agency veteran with ties to the hunt of Osama bin Laden to lead a task force to discover the source of the Havana syndrome attacks. However, the agent’s name remains a secret due to security concerns.

Burns told reporters that discovering the cause of the attacks was one of his top priorities. Some agency officials have indicated they believe the attacks originated in Russia, but the CIA has been unable to make that determination so far.

The task force includes intelligence analysts, field agents, health experts and other specialists representing a broad range of skills and disciplines. Its new head spent over a decade working with the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and reportedly brings a wealth of experience to the table.

Cynthia Rapp, a longtime CIA official, had been running the task force, which the Trump administration created in December 2020. She delayed her retirement to lead the task force until a replacement could be found. With any luck, it can quickly uncover the source of the attacks before more US officials fall victim to the incidents.

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