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The embassy in Bogota, Colombia is reportedly investigating allegations by several staff members regarding the so-called Havana Syndrome, ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit and just as a new law called for money for the victims.

At least five American families have shown symptoms of the mysterious illness, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, based on “People familiar with the subject” in Bogota. The State Department declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.

“Havana syndrome” was named after the first cases reported to the United States Embassy in Cuba in 2016. Symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, headache. head, cognitive problems, nausea and memory loss.

According to the Journal, the first “Unexplained health incident” was mentioned in an email dated mid-September, while another dated October 1 informed embassy staff that security was investigating “Additional abnormal health incidents”.

One of the families allegedly affected has a child, according to the media outlet, which quotes a source complaining that “Targeting or even accidentally hitting kids should be a tough red line. “

More than 200 US officials, including about half of CIA personnel, have complained about “Havana Syndrome” so far. While the U.S. government has not officially determined the causes of the symptoms, corporate media and many lawmakers and lobbyists have claimed it was the work of some sort of directed energy or sonic weapon. deployed by Russia. Moscow dismissed these accusations as absurd.



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Last week, US President Joe Biden enacted the Help for American Victims of Neurological Attacks Act (HAVANA). It was passed unanimously by Congress in September and provides funding for the treatment of government employees and dependents who claim to have been affected by mystery syndrome.

The U.S. Embassy in Colombia is one of the largest in the world and is located on a main road not far from Bogota International Airport.

Reports “Attacks” have already coincided with visits by senior US officials. Last month, an aide traveling to India with CIA Director William Burns complained of the symptoms. Vice President Kamala Harris delayed arriving in Vietnam in August after a report that a U.S. official was targeted.

While a report from a National Academy of Sciences panel last year said directed microwaves were the “most plausible” Because of the syndrome, elite State Department-mandated scientists ruled it out in a 2018 investigation that was recently declassified. The JASON group had said that at least some of the cases were attributed to loud and persistent noises made by a species of cricket, while others may have been induced by psychosis.



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