Two American officials who work in Germany have been placed under medical supervision due to their symptoms of the so-called “Havana syndrome.” About it informs The Wall Street Journal.
The newspaper emphasizes that these are the first cases in a NATO country, in which American troops and nuclear weapons are stationed.
“Some of the victims – intelligence officers or diplomats working on issues related to Russia – are gas exports, cybersecurity or political engagement,” the publication quoted American diplomatic sources.
According to the interlocutors of the newspaper, similar cases are noted among Americans working in other European countries. Details were not disclosed.
Recall USA investigate a series of mysterious attacks with the possible use of unknown sonic weapons against American diplomats since 2016, when a strange incident occurred in Cuba. Many American officials in Havana have returned to the United States after experiencing strange health problems, the State Department said. The department declined to go into details about the nature of the “multitude of physical symptoms” that appeared among the diplomats working in Cuba. The Associated Press, citing sources, said five diplomats suffered severe hearing loss as a result of the use of covert sonic weapons.
Cuba strongly denies its role in any attacks against foreign officials. The US is investigating the possibility that the attacks were carried out by another country, including Russia, since the first attacks occurred in late 2016, when Washington accused Moscow of meddling in elections.
A similar incident happened in 2017 in Moscow with CIA agent Mark Polymeropoulos, wrote GQ. He recalled that he felt as if he would “vomit and faint at the same time.”
Polymeropoulos arrived in Moscow for work after US authorities launched an investigation into Moscow’s interference in the US election won by Trump. According to the CIA officer, the trip was coordinated with the Russian embassy in Washington (although it considered it undesirable), and during it meetings with the leadership of the FSB and the CIA were scheduled. The official part of the visit was not very exciting – in his recollections, the meeting at the FSB was “incredibly boring”, and the meeting at the SVR quickly escalated into bitter recriminations. The SVR officers directly told Polymeropoulos and his colleague that they did not want them to come to Moscow and did not understand why they came. “You are not welcome here,” Polymeropoulos recalled, speaking to himself.
Two days before the end of the trip, Polymeropoulos and his colleagues were having dinner at Moscow’s Pushkin restaurant, when he suddenly felt that “the room began to spin, a wave of nausea surged, and he himself was suddenly drenched in sweat.” The American barely made it to his hotel room, where, having canceled all appointments, he remained until the end of the trip, unable to move. Polymeropoulos was forced to end the trip ahead of schedule and return to the United States, practically “not remembering how I got to the plane.” After several weeks of relatively normal life, he began to feel intense and painful “pressure that started in the back of the head and spread forward to the face.” He thought it might be a sinus infection, but the examination showed nothing, and the course of antibiotics did not relieve the pain. Dizziness and nausea returned to him, his ears rang again, and his “brain was shrouded in a thick fog.” Later, his eyesight dropped so much that he could no longer drive a car.
He was later diagnosed with occipital neuralgia, a condition resulting from damage to two nerves running from the base of the skull to the front of the head. The symptoms of Polymeropoulos are very similar to those of the diplomats who suffered in Cuba.
In September 2018, researcher and physician Beatrice Golomb published article in which she explained the injuries of American diplomats by the action of directed microwave radiation. She linked what became known as the Frey effect (the use of microwaves to create a false sense of sound) with the fact that some, though not all, diplomats in Havana reported hearing a noise similar to that described by Allan Frey. This interpretation could also explain the persistent migraines of Polymeropoulos. “Brain trauma may be a predisposing factor for … [микроволновой] trauma, ”she wrote. That is, people like Polymeropoulos who have been injured in explosions in war zones in the Middle East may be particularly vulnerable to brain injury from directed microwave weapons. However, not all experts on the effects of microwaves on humans agree that this type of radiation could lead to similar symptoms.
Microwaves were first noticed as a weapon during the Cold War, when the US government discovered in the 1960s that the American embassy in Moscow was being irradiated with microwaves. This discovery led to the creation of the top-secret project “Pandora” to find out the consequences of exposure to such radiation. There were concerns at the time that this might be an attempt to create mind control, but it was eventually concluded that the more prosaic purpose of the radiation was wiretapping.