A panel of experts convened by the Biden administration found that not all cases of “Havana syndrome” – a mystery illness first identified in 2016 – could be explained by stress or psychosomatic reactions. The panel concluded that some incidents could have been caused by injuries caused by radio waves, The New York Times reported.
The panel was made up of both government scientists and outside experts. In their report Released Feb. 2, the panel said its findings do not refute earlier findings from a CIA-led investigation that most cases of Havana syndrome were likely not caused by a sustained global campaign of a foreign adversary. According to this report, most cases could be explained by environmental causes, undiagnosed medical conditions or stress.
However, there are discrepancies between the work of the panel and the conclusions of the investigation carried out by the CIA, the Time reports. The panel’s finding regarding radio waves, for example, could fuel the arguments of those who believe that a foreign nation might have caused some of the injuries among CIA officers and diplomats, possibly via an eavesdropping device.
Officials who were briefed on the panel’s findings did not say how many cases it focused on, though they did confirm that between 10 and 20 victims were interviewed, according to the report. Time.
The first cases of Havana syndrome were identified in 2016 among diplomats from the United States Embassy in Cuba. According to a 2020 study, people suspected of having the disease reported hearing a loud sound and pressure in the head before experiencing dizziness, unsteady gait and visual disturbances. report national academies of sciences.