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US officer experiences Havana syndrome symptoms on trip to India: Reports

A Central Intelligence Agency officer from the United States experienced symptoms consistent with the Havana syndrome while travelling to India this month, as per reports.

 

A Central Intelligence Agency officer from the United States experienced symptoms consistent with the Havana syndrome while travelling to India this month, the New York Times and CNN reported. The officer was travelling with CIA director William Burns.

The unidentified victim had to receive medical attention as per sources, according to the CNN report. In a statement to Reuters, a CIA spokesperson said the agency does not comment on specific incidents or officers.

Last month, US Vice President Kamala Harris delayed her arrival in Vietnam’s Hanoi by three hours after the US embassy there said that someone had reported symptoms related to the Havana syndrome.

WHAT IS HAVANA SYNDROME?

About 200 US officials and their family members have suffered from Havana syndrome, which is a mysterious set of ailments including nausea, dizziness, migraines and memory lapses. It was first reported by officials stationed at the US embassy in Cuba in 2016.

In July, CIA director William Burns had appointed a senior officer as the head of a task force investigating the Havana syndrome. The officer had once led the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

According to the US National Academy of Sciences, the most plausible theory is that “directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy” causes the syndrome. There is a very strong possibility that the syndrome is intentionally caused and that Russia may be responsible, CIA director William Burns has said.

Source-https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/us-officer-havana-syndrome-symptoms-trip-india-cia-1855125-2021-09-21

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