US Investigates Possible ‘Havana Syndrome’ Among Embassy Staff In Bogota


Bogota [Colombia], Oct. 16 (ANI / Sputnik): Washington has secretly investigated possible cases of the so-called Havana Syndrome that may have affected some staff at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, El Tiempo newspaper reported on Saturday. The buildings in the El Nogal and Rosales neighborhoods north of Bogota are part of a clandestine investigation the US government has been carrying out in Colombia for four weeks, the newspaper learned.

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that the U.S. Embassy in Colombia is investigating several cases of the so-called Havana Syndrome that allegedly affected some of its employees. The first case was reportedly mentioned in correspondence from the embassy in mid-September. The report says, citing emails sent to embassy staff, that the State Department has promised to fix the issue while it works to determine how many staff have been affected. The White House, however, did not subsequently confirm that its diplomats suffered from the syndrome.

U.S. diplomats first suffered from a set of health issues, collectively described as Havana Syndrome, in Cuba in 2016 and 2017, and then in China in 2018 after allegedly experiencing strange piercing sounds. Diplomats in Moscow, Tajikistan and African countries have also reportedly exhibited symptoms of Havana syndrome, such as nausea and dizziness, with the latest case spotted in Vienna. Several hundred US diplomats, military and intelligence officers have been affected by the syndrome. The incidents were blamed on Russian “acoustic attacks”, an allegation rejected by Moscow as “utterly absurd”. In late July, CIA Director William Burns said Russia could be responsible for the mysterious incidents, but lacks sufficient evidence to make final decisions. (ANI / Sputnik)

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