“Directed” radio frequency is the most plausible explanation for a mysterious illness experienced by diplomats in foreign US embassies, a government report has said.
- Unexplained symptoms including nausea, bloody noses and mild brain injury involving a dozen US officials have been known as the “Havana syndrome”
- The US government report marks the first time Washington has officially offered an explanation to the illness
- Psychological and social factors are also listed as possible causes
The symptoms appear “to be consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency energy”, said the report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Diplomats in some postings have been plagued with headaches, nausea, bloody noses and mild brain injury.
Many reported hearing grating-like noises, or sudden pressure and vibrations.
This “Havana syndrome” has long been the subject of intense speculation, given the nature of the symptoms, the location of the postings, and the silence of the US Government.
Saturday’s report marks the first time Washington has officially offered an explanation, although inconclusive.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in October that “significant US government resources” had been dedicated to solving the mystery, in which more than 40 US government employees were affected from 2016 into 2018.
Steve Dorsey and Philippe Doneux on their theories behind the mystery illness which has left several diplomats in Cuba with hearing loss.
The State Department said in June 2018 that it had brought home diplomats from Guangzhou, China, over concern they were suffering similar symptoms.
In addition to directed radio frequency, Saturday’s report left open “the possibility of multiple causal factors including psychological and social factors.”
“We are pleased this report is now out and can add to the data and analyses that may help us come to an eventual conclusion as to what transpired,” the New York Times quoted the State Department as saying.