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What are the Theories Regarding “Havana Syndrome"? - There is no consensus on the cause of Havana Syndrome. The Soviet Union researched the effects of pulsed radio frequency energy more than 50 years ago. This research was updated following the Havana Syndrome attacks but stopped just short of equating pulsed radio frequency energy with Havana Syndrome. It is widely believed by scientists that Havana Syndrome is caused by a directed-energy device or some sort of microwave weapon. Prior research by both the United States and the Soviet seems to back up this theory, or, at the very least, provides circumstantial support for such a mechanism.
More recently, members of Congress pushed the CIA to further investigate the cause of Havana Syndrome. President Biden has identified determining the cause of Havana Syndrome as a priority of his administration. James Giordano, a professor of neurology and ethics at Georgetown University Medical Center was brought in as an advisor by the U.S. government in late 2016, following the Havana incident. Giordano has been involved in determining which countries were developing the technology associated with Havana Syndrome, and to what extent those goals were accomplished. Giordano believes the work conducted in the former Soviet Union has since been taken up by Russia, and that China has also developed directed energy devices that “test the structure of various materials.”
In 2018, following the 2016 Havana incident, a second major wave of brain injuries among U.S. intelligence officers and diplomats occurred in China. Giordano believes microwave frequencies were used to disrupt brain functions. Giordano also stated that if his theory is correct, it would represent a state of “advancement and sophistication of these types of instruments that heretofore had not been thought to be possible.” The most plausible explanation for Havana Syndrome is that one of our adversaries has miniaturized and weaponized directed energy technology, allowing it to inflict significant tissue damage from a distance. Others believe that a weapon capable of inflicting brain injury from a distance would be unwieldy.
It has also been noted that the United States spent decades during the cold war and since attempting to build such a device with no confirmed success. Another U.S. authority on the subject, James Lin, says it would not necessarily take a large apparatus to focus enough energy on a specific area, causing a “thermoelastic pressure wave,” that can travel through the brain, damaging soft tissue. What many in the U.S. agree on is that Russia is behind the Havana attack, yet there is no compelling evidence to support this theory. There were reports of Russian military intelligence vehicles close to the scene of the Havana and China attacks, although it is not particularly unusual for the Russian military to tail United States officials.