“Directed” microwave radiation has reportedly made US diplomats in Cuba, China, doubtless sick – DAWN.com

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A new report from a committee of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (NAS) found that “directed” microwave radiation is the likely cause of illness among American diplomats in Cuba and China.

The study, commissioned by the State Department and published on Saturday, is the latest attempt to find a cause for the mysterious diseases that emerged among US employees in Havana in late 2016.

The study found that “directional, pulsed radio frequency energy seems most plausible,” an explanation for symptoms such as intense head pressure, dizziness, and cognitive difficulties. It turned out that this explanation was more likely than other causes previously considered, such as tropical diseases or mental health problems. The study did not identify a source of energy or say it was the result of an attack, although it did note that previous research into this type of injury was conducted in the former Soviet Union.

In its report, the 19-member committee noted that solving the medical mystery was faced with major challenges. Among them, not all reported the same symptoms, and NAS research did not have access to all of the previous studies on the diseases, some of which are classified.

“The committee found these cases quite worrying, partly because of the plausible role of directional, pulsed radio frequency energy as a mechanism, but also because of the significant suffering and weakness that some of these people have experienced,” said committee chairman David Relman. Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “We as a nation must approach these specific cases, as well as the possibility of future cases, with a concerted, coordinated and comprehensive approach.”

In early October, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said “significant US government resources” had been devoted to solving the puzzle, but there was no full analysis yet, only theories of how the incidents came about.

“We’ve done a lot of work figuring out how all of this happened and we’re still trying to pinpoint the cause as we do our best to make sure we care about their health and safety folks,” Pompeo said .

The health effects were noted in early 2017 by about two dozen Americans from the US embassy in Cuba, as well as Canadian diplomats and staff from the US consulate in Guanghzhou.

Some of the Americans have criticized the US government’s response to their health complaints, and at least one has filed a lawsuit against the State Department.

Between late 2016 and May 2018, several US and Canadian diplomats in Havana complained about health problems for unknown reasons. A US government count put the number of American employees affected at 26.

Some reported hearing high pitched sounds such as crickets at home or in hotels, leading to an early theory of sonic attack.

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