Russia was threatened with consequences if it suddenly turns out that the “Havana Syndrome” of American diplomats is the work of Russian intelligence services, the Washington Post reports with reference to statements made by the CIA Director William Burns, who, as stated, warned Moscow about this during a recent meeting with the leadership of the FSB and SVR.
The Washington Post claims that a source told them, Burns said the Russians that “forcing American diplomats and their family members to suffer from serious brain damage and other painful conditions is beyond acceptable behaviour for professional intelligence services.”
It is going about the “Havana Syndrome”, which got its name because of several cases at the American embassy in Cuba, where CIA and State Department officials first complained of feeling unwell and unusual symptoms, as AiF reported.
In 2016 and 2017, 19 employees of the US Embassy in Havana complained of hearing loss, severe headaches, auditory hallucinations, a feeling of pressure in the head, loss of balance and cognitive impairment. Some of them complained of vision problems. As the results of the examination showed, there were no signs of physical impact on the patients’ bodies.
According to the staff of the University of Pennsylvania, the cause of the ailments could be the impact of radio waves, the origin and nature of which is unknown to Western intelligence agencies. In 2018, The New York Times published a hypothesis about microwave radiation, which may be behind the Russian special services. In 2019, the British Brain Recovery Centre and the Canadian Nova Scotia Health Authority said that the problems could be caused by neurotoxins in mosquito-borne pesticides.
In addition, other versions included a mass psychogenic illness. At the end of 2020, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine of the USA (NASEM) submitted a report in which it called the reason for the incomprehensible state of diplomatic mission staff “directed radiofrequency radiation”. The CIA currently believes that the syndrome is associated with exposure to directed energy.
However, this time the CIA declined to comment on the case officially. The Washington Post notes that Burns did not directly accuse Moscow of involvement in the “Havana Syndrome”, as, after four years of investigations, the US still cannot determine the cause of the ailments of its diplomats.
Meanwhile, back in October, journalists got a declassified report from the State Department. The reason for the ailments of American diplomats was named there as the chirping of crickets.
As for Russia, according to the president’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, the topic of incidents with the “Havana Syndrome” was not discussed at the political level during Burns’ visit to Moscow on November 2-3, Interfax reports.
“This topic was in no way raised with Burns’ political interlocutors here in Moscow, it was not touched upon with the head of state […] As for the content of Burns’ conversations with his colleagues in the special services, I have nothing to say here, this is non-public information,” Peskov said.
The presidential spokesman also stressed that “any hints, assumptions or statements about the alleged involvement of the Russian side in these cases” can be absolutely refuted.
“We have nothing to do with this,” Peskov stressed.