The mysterious symptoms that American spies and diplomats have suffered in Cuba and China may be due to directional microwave energy, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences
The new report, received by NBC News, does not specifically state that the microwaves were deliberately used as a weapon, but does not rule out that possibility.
Medical and scientific experts from the Academies of Science examined 40 State Department staff and found that no similar symptoms had previously been identified in the medical literature.
Employees suffered from loud noises and feelings of pressure in their heads, dizziness, and impaired vision.
The American Embassy in Cuba, where some of the 40 State Department employees worked with debilitating neurological symptoms
For some, the symptoms were persistent.
"The committee believed that many of the characteristic and acute signs, symptoms and observations reported by (government) staff are consistent with the effects of directional pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy," the report said.
"Studies published in open literature by Western and Soviet sources more than half a century ago and in the decades that followed add cumbersome support to this possible mechanism."
While experts suggest that the evidence is still inconclusive, just looking at such a scenario raises serious concerns about a world with uninhibited malicious actors and new tools to harm others, as if the U.S. government does not have its hands on Naturally occurring threats would have to deal with it. & # 39;
American intelligence agencies used cell phone data to track down Russian spies allegedly working on microwave weapons, according to NBC News.
CIA officials told NBC News that the data suggests the Russian agents were present in the same cities where American diplomats reported the strange symptoms, although it does not provide conclusive evidence.
The report's author states that four possible causes were investigated: infections, chemicals, psychological factors, and microwave energy.
"Overall, directional pulsed RF energy appears to be the most plausible mechanism to explain these cases among those considered by the committee," the report said.
"The Committee cannot rule out other possible mechanisms and believes that a variety of factors are likely to explain some cases and the differences between others."
A report in October alleged that US officials on American soil had been attacked by sound strikes on at least three separate occasions.
An unnamed American diplomat and his family are said to have heard the mysterious noises and fell sick while stationed in Philadelphia in June 2018.
Both the diplomat and his wife are said to have reported pressure in their head before their children moved bizarre and “in unison” in their sleep.
In November 2019, a White House employee, also unidentified, was reportedly assaulted by a man while she was walking her dog in Arlington, Virginia.
She told officers that after the incident, she also had a severe headache and tingling sensation in her face, and that her dog began to grip.
The third incident was not reported in detail. These incidents followed dozens of similar complaints in Cuba and China, where diplomats reported headaches and memory loss.
A Russia-based CIA officer told GQ about his debilitating migraines amid growing suspicions that the country was behind the mysterious disease.
Marc Polymeropoulos developed severe migraines after becoming dizzy in his hotel room in Moscow in December 2017.
He told the magazine that he was being forced to retire because of the pain it caused, adding, “I had a lot more to offer. I was 50 but I had to retire because that damn headache won't go away. "
Marc Polymeropoulos developed severe migraines after becoming dizzy in his hotel room in Moscow in December 2017. He told GQ he was being forced to retire because of the resulting pain
The Russia-based CIA officer has spoken to GQ about his debilitating migraines, amid growing suspicions that the country may be behind the mysterious disease. Polymeropoulos is shown
According to Polymeropoulos, one of his colleagues got so sick that he lost hearing in one of his ears
According to Polymeropoulos, one of his colleagues got so sick on the trip that he lost hearing in one of his ears.
He added, "There is an agreement between the gentlemen not to do these things. There are never physical things.
"They (Russia) know our president is at war with our intelligence community. So when they are down, kick them and report to them for everything they have done before."
“If there was an al-Qaeda threat against our officers, we would do anything to shut it down, but also to catch the people involved.
"I don't see any of that here. What I expected would be this full court press that, you know, when we have elderly people traveling and you think the Russians are going to beat him, they have teams ready to try and catch them. & # 39;
The American diplomat and his family, allegedly attacked in Philadelphia, also reportedly fell ill in China.
Scientists and experts from the CIA and the State Department told the New York Times on Monday that the most likely culprit for the unexplained symptoms was Russia.
The CIA director and the State Department say they have not found a cause.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the proposal was "absolutely absurd and bizarre". A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington said it was likely "mass hysteria".
However, CIA and Capitol Hill officials said US agents from GQ were also targeted in Australia, Taiwan, Georgia and Poland. Cell phone data is said to have brought Russian agents into the vicinity of CIA officials at the time of these alleged attacks.
The CIA has said, "If there was any credible information to show that an adversary deliberately harmed a CIA officer, you can bet that Director Haspel would act quickly and decisively."
45-year-old diplomat Mark Lenzi was stationed in Guangzhou, China, in 2017 when he developed unexplained symptoms such as headaches, memory loss and insomnia.
His neighbor Catherine Werner also fell ill, and his US officer Robyn Garfield was evacuated from Shanghai with his family in June 2018.
45-year-old diplomat Mark Lenzi (left) was stationed in Guangzhou in 2017 when he developed unexplained symptoms such as headaches, memory loss and insomnia. His neighbor Catherine Werner also fell ill
Lenzi, who says the US "knows exactly which country is responsible," said, "This is a deliberate high-level cover-up. They hung us up to dry."
His symptoms were reported after the State Department began investigating similar health concerns reported by diplomatic staff in Cuba in late 2016.
In March this year, some scientists said they suspected pesticides as a possible culprit, although the results remained inconclusive.
Last year, an American researcher said the mysterious sound diplomats heard in the US embassy in Cuba was made by insects.
The dozen of illnesses resulted in the United States and Canada severely cutting staff at their embassies in Cuba.
The phenomenon also fueled tensions between Cuba and the Trump administration, which accused Cuba of at least some responsibility for the diseases.
The State Department officially failed to establish a link between the Chinese diplomats and 26 workers at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, who were withdrawn in 2017 after symptoms were reported, including those associated with a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.
In a statement, they said, “The safety of US personnel, their families and US citizens is our top priority. The US government has not yet identified a reason or actor. & # 39;
And Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: "I will not try to confirm whether you are the victim of an" acoustic attack ", paranoia or russophobia. That is a question for the doctors. "
But the former national security officer said of Russia: “These people have been told to take off their gloves and do whatever they want to hurt the Americans.
"They're trying to weaken us in general, and they obviously took off their gloves some time ago."
And John Sipher, a secret CIA officer in Russia and deputy director of the Russian House during the presidency of George W. Bush, said: "In general, Russians don't feel like doing that."
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