- An interesting new report states that George W. Bush may have succumbed to Havana Syndrome when he fell ill at the G8 conference in Germany in 2007.
- Bush and Laura Bush both fell ill with symptoms of ‘nausea or dizziness’
- Some colleagues who traveled with him experienced hearing and balance problems.
- The official conclusion was a virus, although there was speculation of a poison.
- The new report from the Washington Examiner argues that the symptoms Bush and his colleagues experienced may match those of Havana syndrome.
- inquiry is required
- During that visit, a Bush official told DailyMail.com: ‘I will not put anything before the Russians. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised at all’
An interesting new report on Wednesday suggested that former President George W. Bush may have succumbed to Havana syndrome when he fell ill at the G8 conference in Germany in 2007.
At the World Leaders’ Assembly, both Bush and Laura Bush fell ill with symptoms of ‘nausea or dizziness’, as noted by the former first lady in her 2010 memoir ‘Spoken from the Heart’. Some colleagues traveling with him experienced hearing and balance problems.
The official conclusion at the time was a virus. Although there was speculation that the first couple may have been poisoned.
But in a new report Washington Examiner Bush and his colleagues argue the symptoms they experienced may match those of Havana syndrome, a mysterious set of medical symptoms of unknown cause that have emerged over the past five years.
Havana syndrome was first reported in 2016 but when it came into existence is not clear. Much is unknown about the disease, with so many symptoms that may be attributed to other medical problems as well. However, some doubt its existence and refer to it as ‘mass hysteria’.
Examiner reports indicate Russia as the culprit. Havana syndrome is believed to be caused by microwave emissions and Moscow has been known to employ RF/MW capabilities since the Cold War. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union repeatedly irradiated the US Embassy in Moscow with low-level microwaves – known as the ‘Moscow Signal’, for unknown reasons.
More than five active and former US government personnel with knowledge of Havana syndrome reported Washington Examiner That there should be an inquiry into the G8 summit and what happened there.
An interesting new report says that George W. Bush may have succumbed to Havana syndrome when he fell ill at the G8 conference in Germany in 2007 – above Bush is seen with Laura Bush at the summit’s inaugural dinner
President George W. Bush met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at that G8 summit
Bush became ill, as did several colleagues who lived with him in the same building in Heiligendamm, Germany, a senior Bush employee who was on the trip told DailyMail.com.
The officer said one colleague had ear problems and hearing loss while the other had problems with balance and walking.
The former Bush White House staffer told DailyMail.com, “I remember that people on the team—mostly those who were staying in the same place with Bush … got sick.”
When asked if this could be an early case of Havana or an early recurrence of what would be Havana syndrome, the man said, ‘I would put nothing ahead of the Russians. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised at all.’
The George W. Bush Presidential Center did not respond to a request for comment, and neither did the Secret Service when asked if any agents on that visit were ill. DailyMail.com also contacted some other senior Bush administration officials on that visit and did not receive a response.
The White House also did not comment.
During a press briefing on Air Force One, Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told DailyMail.com: ‘This is the first time I am hearing about this report. ‘And so I have to go back and check in with my team.’
Part of the problem was that the G8 summit had taken place 14 years earlier, making an investigation problematic and may have blurred memories of the event.
What is ‘Havana Syndrome’? Mysterious illness that started at the US Embassy in Cuba and causes memory and hearing loss
The problem has been nicknamed ‘Havana Syndrome’, as the first cases affected personnel at the US Embassy in Cuba in 2016.
At least 200 cases across the government are now under investigation.
People who are believed to have been affected have reported headaches, dizziness, and symptoms consistent with symptoms, some of which required medical treatment. Some have reported hearing a loud noise before the sudden onset of symptoms.
The second problem is Havana syndrome itself. Much more is unknown than is known about the set of symptoms, ranging in severity from pain and ringing in the ears to cognitive difficulties. It is not clear how long the effect lasts or how it is treated.
Even the US government cannot agree on what to say or do about illness caused by diplomats serving abroad. The State Department refers to this as an ‘unexplained health event’ or an ‘unusual health event’.
Havana syndrome was first reported in 2016 when an employee The US Embassy in Cuba suffered headaches, hearing loss, memory issues and other symptoms.
The attacks are believed to have been carried out with microwave energy.
Russia is the prime suspect, although it is hardly the only country with the technology to launch such attacks.
Other possible causes or contributing factors to symptoms may be ultrasound waves, insecticides, or mass psychiatric illness. There is no consensus on the reason.
However, not everyone believes in Havana syndrome. Medical sociology expert Dr. Robert Bartholomew is so convinced it is a case of collective delusions, he has co-authored a book with Robert Baloh – Havana Syndrome: Mass Psychogenic Illness and the Real Story Behind the Embassy Mystery and Hysteria.
‘There is more evidence for Bigfoot than for Havana syndrome,’ said the American expatriate based at the University of Auckland, Australia.
‘The evidence points to mass hysteria, or as it is commonly referred to by scientists – collective psychiatric illness. Havana syndrome is the result of incompetent government officials and poor science. I would go so far as to name it Havana Syndrome Dilution – the absurd belief, in view of the persistent evidence to the contrary, that diplomats are being targeted with an energy weapon.’
At that 2007 meeting at the Baltic Resort, Russia was still a part of the G8 (it was ousted due to the annexation of Crimea in 2014).
And tensions were high between Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin over a US plan to install missile systems in Eastern Europe.
There was a tense meeting between the two men on that Thursday in Germany. Bush fell ill on Friday. After meeting with the new French President Nicolas Sarkozy, he went back to bed and missed two morning sessions at the summit before the rally.
Laura Bush describes feeling sick to her and the president at G8 in her memoir – the official conclusion at the time was that she had a virus
In her memoir, Laura Bush suggests that she had been poisoned—another possible cause of her illnesses.
She wrote that for several hours after arriving in Germany, she felt so ‘terrible’ that I would die there in the hotel room.’
He noted that the former president and other members of the US delegation also fell ill.
‘For most of us, the primary symptoms were nausea or dizziness, but one of our military colleagues had difficulty walking and a White House staffer lost all hearing in one ear.’
The Secret Service investigated and concluded it was some kind of virus.
It was not clear whether a delegation from another country was affected. Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the European Union were also present.
Bush wrote, ‘We never learned whether any other delegation had become ill, or if ours was, mysteriously, the only one.
And he noted: ‘We all recovered, although some staff were lethargic after the impact; Our military ally’s gait has never returned to normal, nor has our senior staff fully heard in that ear.’
After meeting with the new French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the G8 in June 2007, Bush felt so bad that he went back to bed
Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President George W. Day one of the Bush G8 summit: 7 June 2007 in Heiligendamm, Germany
those days, Bush’s adviser Dan Bartlett told reporters the president was “very down the season”, although his condition was “not critical”.
“I don’t know if it’s a stomach virus yet or something like that, but he’s not feeling well,” Bartlett said.
The White House has been considered a target of Havana Syndrome.
In November 2020, two National Security Council employees, one of whom was passing through the property gate, fell ill with symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome.
But it was not clear whether they were suffering from the disease.
“We don’t have any concrete leads – just all circumstantial evidence,” said an official. told CNN those days. ‘And this is circumstantial evidence which may turn out to be something completely different.’
Symptoms of Havana syndrome include loud noises, ear pain, severe pressure or tremors on the head, dizziness, visual problems and cognitive difficulties, and many still continue to experience these or other health problems. 2020 National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Report,
The report assessed symptoms to be ‘corresponding to the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy’.
Some have reported hearing a loud noise before the sudden onset of symptoms.
But it is not clear whether the victims suffer any neurological damage or any long-term damage and it is not clear what may have caused that damage.
Scientists and government officials are not yet sure who may have been behind the attacks, if the symptoms may have been caused by unintentional surveillance devices – or if the incidents were caused by a mysterious sonic weapon.
More than 200 US officials and personnel around the world have complained of symptoms such as migraine, hearing loss and dizziness in cases considered to be Havana syndrome.
And the attacks continue.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ departure from Singapore was delayed by more than three hours due to “an unusual health incident in Hanoi” during her September Asia visit, the next leg of her Asia visit.
That was a reference to Havana syndrome.