More than 200 U.S. personnel, mostly diplomats and CIA officers, have reported symptoms consistent with the disease. POLITICO has already reported that officials in the Biden administration have told congressional intelligence committees that they believe the victims were hit by a directed energy weapon wielded by a hostile foreign government, presumably Russia – although the investigation is underway Classes.
Warner also criticized the Trump administration on Wednesday for handling the sharp rise in reported cases worldwide in the years following the first reported cases in Havana, Cuba, in 2016.
“This is an area where the previous administration has just breathed,” he said. “I was very disappointed that, for example, at the CIA and at [the] State Department and at [the Defense Department], that the employees – the career workers who fall victim to these attacks – have not been treated seriously enough, literally for years.
The State Department, in particular, has been accused of withholding critical information from Congress and denying the victims proper medical treatment.
POLITICO reported earlier this week that the State Department was testing and failing U.S. diplomats for directed energy exposure as early as 2018, more than two years before notifying Congress. A current state official also shared documents with POLITICO detailing his claims the department is retaliating against him for speaking out about the case – including revoking his administrative leave.