No evidence of foreign involvement with Havana syndrome, says CIA source

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The CIA has found that Russia or another “foreign actor” is unlikely to have caused most of the health incidents that have plagued US diplomats and intelligence officials around the world for years, an agency official said Thursday. ).

The official, describing the findings of an interim report on the so-called Havana Syndrome, said the majority of the 1,000 cases “can be reasonably explained by medical conditions or environmental and technical factors, including previously undiagnosed illnesses.”

“So far we have not found evidence of involvement of state actors in any incident,” the official continued. “The finding does not question the fact that our officers are reporting real experiences and are experiencing real symptoms.”

The CIA continues to investigate unexplained cases that may offer more clues as to whether any foreign countries are involved, added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“We do not rule out the involvement of a foreign actor in these cases,” the official said.

Speaking at a press conference in Berlin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised that the US government will continue to investigate the matter.

“We will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this,” said Blinken, who was in Berlin as part of a series of meetings on Russia and Ukraine.

Havana Syndrome

The mysterious illness, first reported among US officials in the Cuban capital in 2016, has afflicted US diplomats, officials and family members abroad. Symptoms include migraines, nausea, memory lapses and dizziness.

“We’re going to continue to do everything we can with whatever resources we can bring to bear to understand, again, what happened, why and who might be responsible,” said Blinken.

The secretary added that the State Department will continue to focus on ensuring that those afflicted receive the health care they need.

CIA Director William Burns made a similar statement: “While we’ve reached some significant tentative conclusions, we’re not done yet,” Burns said in a statement.

“We will continue the mission to investigate these incidents and provide access to world-class care for those who need it.”

Reference: CNN Brasil

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