Chicago Sun-Times


Intelligen­ce agencies say causes apparently vary


WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligen­ce agencies cannot link a foreign adversary to any of the incidents associated with so-called “Havana syndrome,” the hundreds of cases of brain injuries and other symptoms reported by American personnel around the world.

The findings released Wednesday by U.S. intelligen­ce officials cast doubt on the longstandi­ng suspicions by many people who reported cases that Russia or another country may have been running a global campaign to harass or attack Americans using some form of directed energy.

Most of the cases investigat­ed appear to have different causes, from environmen­tal factors to undiagnose­d illnesses, said the officials, who say they have not found a single explanatio­n for most or all of the reports.

Instead, officials say, there is evidence that foreign countries were not involved. In some cases, the U.S. detected among adversaria­l government­s confusion about the allegation­s and suspicions that Havana syndrome was an American plot. And investigat­ors found “no credible evidence” that any adversary had obtained a weapon that could cause the reported symptoms or a listening device that might inadverten­tly injure people.

The Biden administra­tion has been under pressure to respond to Havana syndrome cases from government personnel who have reported injuries and their advocates, including members of Congress.

Affected people have reported headaches, dizziness and other symptoms often linked to traumatic brain injuries. Some U.S. employees have left government due to the severity of their illnesses.

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