Putin's spies linked to attacks on US diplomats

A recent joint investigation by independent Russian outlet The Insider, CBS' 60 Minutes, and German news website Der Spiegel suggests that Russian intelligence operatives may have been behind the mysterious and debilitating condition known as Havana Syndrome. The report points to a specific unit, known as 29155, within Russia's foreign military intelligence agency, the GRU, as potentially responsible for using directed energy weapons.

Havana Syndrome first came to light in 2016 when U.S. officials at the embassy in Havana reported unusual symptoms, including memory loss, hearing problems, insomnia, and signs of brain injury among affected personnel. The condition has since affected over 1,000 people in the U.S. and elsewhere, with the U.S. intelligence community officially labeling it as "anomalous health incidents."

The investigation uncovered evidence suggesting that Unit 29155 has been experimenting with weaponized technology that experts believe could be linked to Havana Syndrome. Operatives from this unit have been identified in locations around the world at the time of reported incidents.

Speculation surrounding the cause of Havana Syndrome has long centered on the use of energy or acoustic weapons. Research into the symptoms has indicated damage to the auditory and vestibular system of the brain, with no clear explanation for the condition provided by a study published by the National Institutes of Health in March.

Despite the new findings, a U.S. intelligence investigation in March 2023 deemed it "very unlikely" that a foreign adversary was responsible for the symptoms. However, officials emphasized that the lack of a definitive explanation did not discount the experiences of affected personnel and their families.

As more information continues to emerge about Havana Syndrome and its potential origins, the search for common ground and understanding remains a priority for all involved parties.


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