The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has fired its chief of staff at the US embassy in Vienna amid criticism of his inadequate handling of alleged Havana Syndrome cases, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The newspaper, citing former and current US officials who spoke to her on condition of anonymity, explained that the ousting of the station chief was intended to send a message to officials and others that they should take Havana Syndrome seriously. a range of unexplained health problems including headaches, nausea, dizziness, memory loss, etc.
The CIA did not respond immediately when asked to comment on the report.
According to Poust, Dozens of US staff in the Austrian capital, diplomats and spies, as well as children of US envoys, showed symptoms of the syndrome.
CIA Director William Burns said in July that about 100 CIA members and their relatives were among about 200 U.S. officials and their relatives with Havana Syndrome.
Unexplained health problems were reported by staff at the US Embassy in Cuba in 2016.
Last year a committee of the US National Academy of Sciences concluded that the most plausible theory is that Havana Syndrome is caused by the emission of “pulsed radio frequency energy”.
According to Mr. Burns, there is a “very strong possibility” that the Syndrome will be deliberately caused and that Russia will be responsible. Moscow denies any involvement.