More recently, more than a dozen CIA officers who were serving in multiple overseas locations have returned to the United States to seek care for symptoms that are consistent with Havana Syndrome. Havana Syndrome is already believed to have afflicted more than 130 U.S. personnel since 2016. These latest incidents involving CIA officers occurred in the early months of 2021; a number of these officers became so sick, so quickly, they required emergency medical evacuation.
The incidents fit in with the prior cases. It is widely believed they involve an increasing pattern of attacks on U.S. officials—military personnel, intelligence officers, diplomats, and, in some cases, their family members or staff. It is also likely there are unreported incidents, particularly since some have been vocal about Havana Syndrome being “psychogenic or psychosomatic. Most doctors and scientists reject this theory, given the very physical evidence of brain trauma among those with Havana Syndrome.
Very recently, the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a statement that characterized the “incidents” as “attacks.” The Senate committee has vowed to investigate these attacks and to not to stop digging until they have uncovered the origin of Havana Syndrome. It was noted during this committee meeting that those afflicted with Havana Syndrome have not only experienced neurological symptoms like vertigo, dizziness, ear pain, nausea, and intense, persistent headaches but also from Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD.