The Week (US)

If the weapon is real, who is wielding it?


The U.S. has not officially blamed anyone yet—but all indicators point to Russia and its military intelligen­ce unit, the GRU.

The recent National Academies of Sciences report noted there’s been “significan­t research in Russia/USSR” on pulsed radio frequency technology. The CIA has used mobile-phone data to locate Russian intelligen­ce agents who worked on microwave-weapons programs in the same cities where CIA officers were afflicted, according to news reports. These weapons could be small enough to fit inside a van or even a backpack, and could target an individual up to 1,000 yards away, officials believe.

“It looks, smells, and feels like the GRU,” an official involved in the investigat­ion told

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