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Berlin police investigating cases of “Havana syndrome” at the US Embassy

File Photo: On July 3, 2008, the Star-Spangled Banner flutters in the wind outside the new US Embassy next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. REUTERS / Wolfgang Rattay

October 8, 2021

Berlin (Reuters)-German police at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin have reported several cases of the mysterious “Havana Syndrome” that are believed to have affected about 200 U.S. officials and families around the world. I’m investigating.

The syndrome, a series of illnesses such as migraine, nausea, memory loss and dizziness, came to the fore in 2016 after dozens of diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba complained of symptoms. ..

Berlin police have been investigating “suspected acoustic weapons attacks on US embassy employees” since August, following news magazine Der Spiegel, but provided no further information.

There was no immediate comment from the embassy.

In July, Austria said it was working with US authorities to find out a series of suspicious cases among US diplomats in Vienna.

William Burns, director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, said in July there were about 100 CIA officers and family members among the 200 U.S. officials and relatives who were suffering from “Havana Syndrome.” ..

Burns said a panel at the National Academy of Sciences in December discovered that the use of “directed-energy” beams was a plausible cause.

He said there was a “very strong possibility” that the symptoms were intentionally caused and Russia could be held liable. Moscow denied involvement.

(Report by Zuzanna Szymanska; edited by Kevin Liffey)



Berlin police investigating cases of “Havana syndrome” at the US Embassy

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