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CIA: No known foreign actor behind Havana syndrome


The Central Intelligen­ce Agency has determined that a foreign country is probably not mounting a global attack aimed at U.S. personnel who have reported painful and sometimes debilitati­ng physical symptoms, a significan­t finding that could undermine some officials’ suspicion that Russia is to blame for a years-long series of mysterious illnesses.

“We assess it is unlikely that a foreign actor, including Russia, is conducting a sustained, worldwide campaign harming U.S. personnel with a weapon or mechanism,” said a senior CIA official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. That leaves open the possibilit­y that a foreign power could be responsibl­e for cases that cannot be attributed to medical conditions or other factors, the official said.

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