A large amount of CIA officers have been diagnosed with a mysterious case of Havana Syndrome. According to The Guardian, the director of the CIA, William Burns, announced that close to 100 CIA officers along with their family members have all been suffering from symptoms of Havana Syndrome.
Symptoms of Havana Syndrome include hearing strange noises, dizziness, nausea, memory loss, and hearing loss. As of right now, the CIA has publicly declared that there’s still an investigation on what is the direct cause of Havana Syndrome.
The ailments are named “Havana Syndrome” because the first cases reported of the ailments occurred in Havana, Cuba by American and Canadian embassy staff back in 2006.
Theories Regarding Who’s Responsible For The Havana Syndrome
The CIA hasn’t come to a conclusion on who or what is behind the symptoms, but that hasn’t stop researchers and political figures from giving their opinion about it. In 2017, President Trump stated that the Communist Party of Cuba was behind the attacks and pulled back several government employees who were in Cuba, as a response.
House NOW debating Senate-passed bill to compensate CIA personnel and US diplomats who experienced traumatic brain injuries while serving in Cuba, known as "Havana syndrome."
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) July 26, 2021
The Journal of America Medical Association (JAMA), in 2018, wrote that the symptoms of embassy workers in Cuba were derived from a brain injury. The research released by JAMA also believes the brain injuries are stemmed from “microwave weapons”. The National Academies backed up JAMA claims and declared microwave energy is the most reasonable cause behind Havana Syndrome.
Many officials in both the Trump and Biden administration believe Russia is behind the microwave attacks; they also believe that Russia is going back to their old playbook from the Cold War.
During the Cold War years, the Soviet Union launched a microwave attack against the United States Embassy from 1953–1976. The attack became known as the “Moscow Signal” and was aimed to collect intelligence and cause health damage to embassy officials.
The CIA Has Been Behind Shady Medical Experiences Which Caused Severe Side Effects Too
Although Cuba and Russia are believed to be behind the Havana Syndrome, some speculate that a medication given to CIA agents could be behind the strange phenomenon. It’s not that crazy to think of, due to the agency’s shady past.
During the early 1950s, the CIA became nervous that the Soviet Union was conducting mind control experiments; therefore, as to not be left behind, the CIA conducted their own and called it MK-ULTRA.
The project was led by Sidney Gottlieb who was a chemist; his main objective was to conduct research regarding mind control by using the mind-altering drug LSD. Gottlieb started off his experiment by buying the world’s entire supply of LSD and then started to experiment on prisoners and students at universities.
Sidney Gottlieb headed MK-Ultra, responsible for abominable experiments on unknowing victims, for torture and murders documented in this book. When he retired, he got a degree in Speech Therapy at @SJSU !! @SJSUHumanRights @stephenkinzer pic.twitter.com/5AsGsEamMK
— Charlotte Casey (@SJPeacenik) December 15, 2019
The CIA would also use the MK-ULTRA experiment by drugging important men and women, then taking them to government-funded houses where they would be met by prostitutes’ who would get them to talk about important matters.
MK-ULTRA eventually ended in 1973 when the director of the CIA Richard Helms was ousted and Gottlieb followed his lead out the door. It’s reported that several people died by suicide and suffered from schizophrenia after they were subjected to CIA experiments.