FBI acknowledges agents may have had ‘Havana Syndrome’ symptoms

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The FBI has admitted for the first time that some of its agents may be suffering from symptoms of the mysterious “Havana Syndrome”.

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The Bureau of Potential Agent Affairs’ acknowledgment was earlier Reported by NBC News This comes after the outlet received internal emails that showed an agent had reported possible symptoms of a brain injury after working in a country near Russia a decade ago.

About 200 US diplomats, officials and their family members are believed to have been struck by the bizarre illness – which the US government described as “irreconcilable health events” – while overseas.

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“This issue of infrequent health incidents is a top priority for the FBI, as the safety, health and well-being of our employees and associates in the federal government are paramount,” the bureau said in a statement. The intelligence community is required to “identify the causes of these incidents and determine how we can best protect our personnel.”

Internal FBI emails reveal that an agent reported symptoms of a possible brain injury after working in a country near Russia.
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Havana syndrome is so named because its first occurrences were reported in 2016 by US officials serving in Cuba. Symptoms include migraine, nausea, memory loss and dizziness.

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The exact cause of Havana syndrome is unknown, but many officials believe it lies in the radiation attacks carried out by Russia. The US government has never publicly held any country responsible for the incidents and several alternative explanations have been put forward – including blaming cricket for the disease.

Victims and lawmakers have accused federal agencies of not taking the disease seriously, and current and former officials told Reuters the FBI was suspicious of reports of agents previously experiencing symptoms of Havana syndrome.

“The FBI takes all US government personnel who report symptoms seriously,” the bureau said in its statement.

CIA Director William Burns recently hired a career detective involved in the search for Osama bin Laden to lead the investigation into mysterious diseases. The agency also recalled the head of its Vienna station in September, in part, due to the alleged mishandling of alleged Havana syndrome cases.

The station chief, whose identity is highly classified, expressed doubts that the illness report was genuine, The Washington Post reported those days.

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