CIA official who traveled with director to India experienced Havana syndrome symptoms: Report
A CIA official who traveled to India with Director Bill Burns this month reported symptoms of a mysterious illness known as Havana Syndrome, according to a new report.
Sources told CNN that the unidentified officer received medical treatment upon his return to the United States. The report also cited a source who said the incident made Burns "angry" with rage.
Reports from U.S. and Canadian employees in Cuba suddenly experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, and sharp noises surfaced in 2017, with incidents dating back to the end of 2016. Others reported similar experiences with Havana Syndrome around the world, including in China, Washington, DC, Europe and now India. The US government has started calling them "abnormal health incidents".
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Theories about the origin of the disease range from mass hallucinations to microwave or sonic attacks. Given that most of the incidents only occurred among U.S. government personnel overseas, some have speculated that they were the result of a weapon made by a U.S. adversary.
“We do not comment on specific incidents or officials. We have created logs when individuals report possible abnormal health incidents that involve appropriate medical treatment, ”a CIA spokesman said. "We will continue to do everything we can to protect our officials."
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This is the second time in a month that Havana Syndrome has affected government travel. In late August, reports of the syndrome in Vietnam delayed Vice President Kamala Harris's arrival in the country. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin posted a memo to the department on Sept. 15 encouraging staff to report symptoms immediately if they start feeling them.
Burns reportedly hired an undercover agent involved in the hunt for Osama bin Laden to lead an interagency task force investigation that began last year to investigate the cause of the health incidents.
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