Havana Syndrome Revisited – WSJ

Avril Haines,.

the director of nationwide intelligence, stated previously this month that the U.S. has actually “concluded that it is ‘really not likely’ a foreign enemy is accountable” for the brain injuries referred to as Havana syndrome. A March 1 National Intelligence Council report discussed the findings and indicated “pre-existing conditions, standard health problems, and ecological aspects” as more possible causes.

Marc Polymeropoulos,.

a previous high-ranking Central Intelligence Firm officer, isn’t purchasing it. He is among numerous Americans who, given that 2016, state they came down with the mystical disease while working for the U.S. federal government overseas. His signs, which struck him on a 2017 journey to Moscow, consisted of extreme headaches, brain fog and difficulty rising. 5 years later on he states his health is gradually enhancing however he still desires responses.

In a two-part interview that aired on Miami tv channel Américatevé recently, Mr. Polymeropoulos stated that it’s reasonable that authorities still do not understand what made him and other secret agent ill. However he states that to dismiss possible enemies when the perpetrator hasn’t been determined is an insult to those who were hurt in the line of task.

Sound judgment remains in Mr. Polymeropoulos’s corner. Americans tended to struggle with the signs of Havana syndrome after remaining in locations like China, Vietnam, Serbia, Russia and Cuba. He’s especially suspicious of the last 2, where lots of intelligence officers were when brought low by signs like disabling headaches, lightheadedness, pressure and vibration in the head, ear discomfort and visual troubles.

Mr. Polymeropoulos states he understands CIA officers who were “associated with high-threat operations worldwide, mainly versus the Russians” and likewise suffered brain injuries that required them into medical retirement. He states that previous to experiencing the abrupt neurological conditions connected with Havana syndrome, they were individuals in leading physical and psychological condition.

After leaving Moscow in really rough shape and going back to the U.S., Mr. Polymeropoulos states he was rejected healthcare by the CIA. Going public assisted his case and he ultimately got to see medical professionals at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he has actually gotten excellent care. However medical professionals informed him he didn’t have a pre-existing medical condition. Rather, he had a brain injury.

The choice to dismiss U.S. enemies as the criminals of Havana syndrome is illogical to him due to the fact that they are the ones who would have had methods, intention and chance to release the attacks. The methods is the innovation, which currently exists. A December 2020 report by a committee of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medication that took a look at the syndrome discovered that “directed, pulsed radio frequency energy seems the most possible system in describing these cases, particularly in people with the unique early signs.”

Mr. Polymeropoulos calls “directed-energy innovation” the best hidden weapon due to the fact that it can eliminate the most capable officers from the battleground, develop worry and sidetrack. It likewise leaves no finger prints like a handgun would so it’s “nonattributable.” With a home-field benefit, it would not be tough to release it on unwary Americans.

Mr. Polymeropoulos believes he was “a target of chance” for Russian intelligence. It had not wished to offer him a visa. The Kremlin ultimately gave it, however he understood Russian spooks weren’t pleased about his see.

They had an intention to pursue him, and he believes something comparable was taking place amongst Cuban intelligence after President Obama re-established diplomatic ties with the island: “What individuals do not comprehend is the war in between U.S. and Cuban intelligence was going as tough as ever. Cuban intelligence didn’t decide that they wished to have much better ties with the United States. So they were an extremely strong enemy.” U.S. intelligence wasn’t invite on the island and sonic attacks would have sent out the message. “Our authorities in Havana were sitting ducks.”

Even if the attacks were the work of Russia, there is no chance Cuba would not have actually understood about it, Mr. Polymeropoulos argues. He states Cuba is an authorities state where absolutely nothing occurs without either the “active involvement” of authorities or “letting the Russians can be found in.”

The U.S. federal government’s conclusion that “we do not have an enemy who did this” however “we acknowledge Americans have actually been harmed,” for Mr. Polymeropoulos, “does not make any sense.” Plus, Havana was a “rejected location,” which is CIA terminology for a location that is “tough for a U.S. authorities to walk around” and “tough for us to gather info.” So drawing any last conclusions isn’t possible.

Mr. Polymeropoulos sees the release of this report as an effort by Washington to sweep the entire thing under the carpet so it can proceed with service as typical. “Institutionally they desire this to disappear” due to the fact that otherwise they’re going to have “difficulty staffing” embassies.

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