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Is report on “Havana Syndrome” another CIA coverup of Russia/Cuban terrorism?


The "Havana Syndrome" started here in the U.S. Embassy


… goes back to JFK assassination allegations


Many credible people have believed that the U.S.’s Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] was behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The ties according to this theory that is espoused by such high-ranking people as Kennedy successor Lyndon Johnson and biographer Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. attribute the assassination to the failed invasion of Cuba in the Bay of Pigs invasion in Kennedy's first months in office — and some still see Russian/Soviet involvement.

That is why the CIA’s apparent conclusion today — one done without the involvement of other intelligence agencies — are being considered to be another coverup. This one involves the “Havana Syndrome” that has hurt dozens, if not hundreds, of people over the past 5+ years.


NBC reported on the document this morning, and it casts doubt on the attempts by the Biden administration to get to the bottom of the disease and potential foreign involvement.

Background

The syndrome was first detected in 2016 after people in the Cuban embassy in Havana came down with it,

In a new intelligence assessment, the CIA has ruled out that the mysterious symptoms known as Havana Syndrome are the result of a sustained global campaign by a hostile power aimed at hundreds of U.S. diplomats and spies, six people briefed on the matter told NBC News.

In about two dozen cases, the agency cannot rule out foreign involvement, including many of the cases that originated at the U.S. Embassy in Havana beginning in 2016. Another group of cases is considered unresolved. But in hundreds of other cases of possible symptoms, the agency has found plausible alternative explanations, the sources said.

[The CIA declined to comment.]

The idea that widespread brain injury symptoms have been caused by Russia or another foreign power targeting Americans around the world, either to harm them or to collect intelligence, has been deemed unfounded, the sources said.


Ken Dilanian and Josh Lederman, “CIA says ‘Havana Syndrome’ not result of sustained campaign by hostile power,” NBC News, January 19, 2022

Change in tone for Biden

President Joe Biden has been critical of the U.S.’s lack of attention to the syndrome, and what makes this difficult for him is that his CIA Director, William Burns, who has also been critical of the investigation, has apparently endorsed this.

Even Biden’s Secretary of State has criticized the situation,

The Defense Department, the FBI and the State Department are all still working to investigate the origins of the syndrome and how to mitigate it, the officials said.

Instead, the interim CIA report is focused narrowly on the number of incidents that are believed to be potentially attributable to a foreign actor, officials said.

Still, the report marks a significant change of tone from the Biden administration, which has made a point of demonstrating that it is taking the incidents more seriously than the Trump administration did and has repeatedly emphasized the need to take victims seriously. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in comments on MSNBC last week, recalled having met with State Department employees who have come forward reporting incidents.


“I’ve heard them. I’ve listened to them. You can’t help but be struck by how these incidents disrupted their lives and their well-being,” Blinken said. “We’re doing everything we can to care for them.”

Ken Dilanian and Josh Lederman, NBC News, January 19, 2022

Nefarious activities the reason?

Much of this has been directed at Russian involvement in such activities attacking America from the election in 2016 to malware attacks over the years.


That is what makes this such a volatile report,

There is an intensive intelligence gathering and analytical effort to resolve those cases, officials said.


Starting in late 2016, U.S. diplomats and spies serving in Cuba began reporting bizarre sounds and sensations followed by unexplained illnesses and symptoms, including hearing and vision loss, memory and balance problems, headaches and nausea.

Over the years, many hundreds of U.S. officials have come forward reporting suspected incidents in more than a dozen countries, NBC News has reported.

NBC News reported in 2018 that U.S. intelligence officials considered Russia a leading suspect in what some of them assessed to have been deliberate attacks on diplomats and CIA officers overseas. But in the three years since then, the spy agencies have not uncovered enough evidence to pinpoint the cause or the culprit of the health incidents.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report in 2020 that some of the observed brain injuries were consistent with the effects of directed microwave energy, which the report said Russia has long studied.


Russia has consistently denied any involvement.

Ken Dilanian and Josh Lederman, NBC News, January 19, 2022


The CIA has truly never recovered from some of the JFK conspiracy allegations. Reports like this do not help.

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