The radio frequency (RF) energy was “directed” and “pulsed”…which means the diplomats were targeted by something not part of the normal environment.
In 2018, I reported that American diplomatic staff in Cuba and China were falling victim to a strange set of neurological health effects. The causes were variously attributed to sonic weapons and pesticides.
Now, a report has been published by the National Academy of Sciences the “Havana Syndrome” may be the result of exposure to “directed microwave radiation.”
Researchers found that “directed, pulsed radio frequency energy appears to be the most plausible” explanation for symptoms experienced by officials – including cognitive difficulties, intense head pressure and some dizziness.
This was following a reported 26 personnel being affected by unexplained hearing loss during the autumn of 2016 – sparking a diplomatic row between the two countries.
“Havana syndrome” symptoms were also experienced by Canadian diplomats and other officials at the US consulate in Guanghzhou in China around early 2017.
The report does not conclude that a weapon’s directed energy was delivered intentionally:
The report was transferred to Congress after bipartisan calls led by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire who is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees.
She issued the following statement: “The health effects from these mysterious injuries have tormented those afflicted. Their illnesses and suffering are real and demand a response from Congress. American public servants and their families – who have been targeted – have requested that Congress receive and review this report, so I’m glad the State Department heeded our bipartisan call so we can get to work. “
The researchers who published the report were part of a committee assigned to look for reasons behind the diplomats’ illnesses. And while the report doesn’t determine that the radio frequency (RF) energy was “directed” and “pulsed,” meaning it was targeted and not the result of ambient energy sources.
The committee concluded that the symptoms and their onset were “consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy,” David Relman, the chair of the committee, wrote in the report. “Studies published in the open literature more than a half-century ago and over the subsequent decades by Western and Soviet sources provide circumstantial support for this possible mechanism.” Radio frequency energy, which includes radio waves and microwaves, is a type of low-energy radiation.
Other mechanisms could have reinforced some of the effects and caused some of the more chronic symptoms in some, such as persistent dizziness, disorders involving the vestibular system (parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements) and psychological conditions, Relman wrote.
The committee concluded that other potential causes, such as chemical exposures and infectious diseases, are unlikely; however, “the committee cannot rule out other possible mechanisms and considers it likely that a multiplicity of factors explains some cases and the differences between others,” according to the report. For example, some reported symptoms that came on suddenly, while others developed more chronic symptoms that took time to develop.
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