For more than three years, the United States has been investigating a mysterious disease that developed among dozens of officials and their family members during their residence in Cuba and China, as well as during business trips to other countries. This is reported by The New York Times.
The first reports of the so-called Havana syndrome began to appear in 2016. The disease got its name from the place where it first appeared. Symptoms included headaches, memory loss, dizziness, nausea, and nosebleeds.
"Some US officials, including CIA analysts and scientists, believe that the victims have become targets for foreign adversaries using microwave radiation as a weapon," the newspaper notes.
According to some scientists, injuries can be the result of psychological illness or even exposure to pesticides.
"For more than three years, the US government has devoted significant resources to sorting out this and then prosecuting those responsible - if we determine that it is necessary," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Not so long ago, new victims were identified - there were CIA officers who recently made short trips abroad. One alleged attack took place in Moscow. On other occasions, officers met with partner intelligence agencies to discuss plans to counter Russian covert operations.
"There is not yet any complete U.S. government analysis which definitively tells us precisely how these all came to be, whether they’re part of a single cohort," Pompeo admitted.