Washington — An intelligence officer traveling India with the CIA director this month reported symptoms consistent with so-called Havana syndrome, suggesting the possibility of escalation of a mysterious incident that has affected U.S. officials since 2016. Present and former officials said it is showing.
The circumstances of the case are still under investigation, and authorities have not yet determined whether the CIA officer was targeted because he was traveling with director William J. Burns, or for any other reason. .. If the incident was triggered by a hostile intelligence agency, it may not have known that the police were traveling with Mr Burns.
Authorities are having a hard time identifying the cause of the symptoms. Some officials are convinced that they are an attack and that one or more rivals are responsible, but intelligence agencies have not yet reached a firm conclusion.
There are many theories that injuries are a by-product of surveillance technology, or intentional attempts to harm, but so far not all have been proven.
Nonetheless, Mr Burns was angry with the incident in India, current and former officials said. Some former officials have suggested that attacking Mr Burns’ delegation would be a terrible escalation if it was an attack and the hostile forces were responsible.
The incident in India was previously reported by CNN.
Burns made investigating abnormal health accidents caused by Havana Syndrome a top priority, created targeting cells to investigate the incident, and improved medical care for those injured by them.
State Department diplomats and military members have also been affected, but officials said almost half of the known cases involved CIA officers.
Last month, Vice President Kamala Harris was three hours late as he was about to fly to Hanoi after American Vietnamese officials reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome.
Current and former officials said there were no endless signs of the incident and some believed that the incident could increase.
Government agencies are stepping up warnings about recent incidents, especially for officials traveling abroad. The Pentagon warned all workers last week about an unusual health accident. It was often said to be accompanied by strange sounds and sensations of heat and pressure followed by symptoms such as headache, nausea and dizziness.
All new government warnings tell authorities to leave the area where they are located immediately if they experience such sensations or symptoms.
A CIA spokeswoman said authorities did not comment on specific cases or officers. However, she said the authorities’ protocol for health cases included ensuring that officers received prompt treatment.
A spokeswoman said authorities and Burns would improve the response and treatment of the Havana Syndrome case, including making changes to the Health Services Department and working with intelligence and private sector expert panels to improve it. I explained the outline of the measures taken. Understand the episode.
Some officials believe the case can be traced back several years, including the Cold War, but the latest case began at the US Embassy in Havana, with diplomats and CIA officials hearing strange sounds. He reported that he had a headache and nausea.
Later, a series of incidents occurred at China’s US diplomatic outpost, seriously injuring many US officials. Since then, cases have been reported throughout Asia and Europe.