MYSTERY – According to the “Wall Street Journal”, four American diplomats working in Geneva and Paris are suffering from this neurological disease known as “Havana syndrome”.
Laetitia Asgarali Dumont –
The mystery deepens a little more. the wall street journal affirmed this Thursday, January 13, that at least four diplomats would have been affected by the “Havana syndrome” in Geneva and Paris. This disease is characterized by hearing problems, headaches, loss of balance, nausea or even vision and speech disorders. This mysterious illness had affected American diplomatic personnel in the Cuban capital between 2016 and 2018.
A still unknown syndrome
The American daily explains that at least three Americans serving at the Geneva consulate have been affected by the syndrome. One of them was evacuated to the United States for treatment. In Paris, a suspected case has been listed. The newspaper does not, however, provide any details about the incidents.
Despite its discovery in 2016, the United States has still not found the cause and origin of the “Havana Syndrome”, as recalled by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “To this day, we don’t know exactly what happened, and we don’t know exactly who is responsible”, he told MSNBC.
Investigations still ongoing
Several theories have been put forward to explain this phenomenon, including the use of low-frequency waves or situations of intense stress. Russia, China, and even the United States have reportedly researched microwaves for military purposes.
Antony Blinken explained that he had spoken with the Russian authorities, without progress for the moment. Moscow has dismissed accusations that it used “microwave weapons” against American missions as“fanciful hypotheses”.
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The US Secretary of State also said that he had spoken to several people affected by this syndrome and who told him about traumatic episodes. “There is no doubt in my mind that people have been directly and powerfully affected”, he said.
Investigations have been launched, and Antony Blinken had already committed in November 2021 to “shed light” on this phenomenon. He has appointed two experienced diplomats to coordinate the State Department’s response, and ensure that anyone reporting symptoms receives appropriate medical attention.
In total, some 200 diplomats, spies, civil servants, staff, officials and their families have presented symptoms since 2016. Some people who suffered from the syndrome ended up with dizziness and fatigue for several months.
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