A panel convened by the U.S. intelligence community has assessed that the core symptoms of some unsolved “Havana Syndrome” cases cannot be explained by mass hysteria or psychosomatic effects alone, and could be caused by pulsed electromagnetic or ultrasonic energy.
The panel, which consists of medical experts and scientists both inside and outside the government, did not attempt to attribute the incidents to a specific device or operator. It instead examined “causal mechanisms” and found that the effects of the mysterious illness are “genuine and compelling,” according to an executive summary declassified this week and released Wednesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
It found that psychological factors or mass hysteria on its own “cannot account for the core characteristics” of Havana Syndrome, the inexplicable phenomenon first detected among U.S. diplomats serving in Havana, Cuba, in 2016.
In a joint statement, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and CIA Director William Burns said “a subset” of cases “cannot be easily explained by known environmental or medical conditions and could be explained by certain external factors.” Among the hundreds of cases the U.S. government has assessed in recent years, however, the majority have been explained by known phenomena.
Emphasizing that “information gaps” still exist, the executive summary states that the effects of anomalous health incidents, or AHIs, “could be due to external stimuli.” They added that the victims whose cases remain unsolved, many of whom have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, experienced symptoms that are “unlikely to be caused by a functional neurological disorder,” and that directed-energy exposure could be a cause.
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