“I got a call from the State Department in February of 2017, and literally, the call was, ‘This is the State Department, we have a problem.’ They spoke to me about individuals who began experiencing symptoms late in 2016 with ear pain, ringing in the ear, dizziness and cognitive issues.”
Michael Hoffer — Otolaryngologist at the University of Miami
“I don’t know if there’s a definitive answer yet to what’s going on. Somebody needs to get the bottom of it.”
Justin Sanchez — DARPA Director of the Biological Technologies Office
“Is it possible and probable that electromagnetic pulse devices that would then be propagated either directly or vectored could do this? Yes, it’s very, very possible and very probable.”
James Giordano — Professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University
Sharon Weinberger — Yahoo News D.C. Bureau Chief — just posted a long piece on the current status of the “Havana Syndrome” investigation. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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In this article —Scientists say ‘neuroweapons’ were behind Cuba attacks — Sharon Weinberger provides a few new pieces of information regarding the on-going US investigation.
The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA — is among the agencies asked to look at the Cuba issue.
Until now, only officials from the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency and State Department were known to investigate the case.
On Friday (September 7 2018), the Pentagon held a conference, where they announced new research results, including what they determined to be the probable use of “neuroweapons” in what they called the Havana Effect.
The Friday teleconference was organized as part of a study program sponsored by the Pentagon and titled “Probable Use of a Neuroweapon to Affect Personnel of US Embassy in Havana: Findings, Pathology, Possible Causes, and Disruptive Effects.”
A Pentagon official told Yahoo News that the briefing was offered by the scientific team for interested people in the Defense Department and was to gain “general knowledge” about their findings. “This didn’t have an operational element,” the official said.
During the call, Hoffer gave a broad description of his findings, and promised that published results would be out soon. “I’m going tell you that this data is all going to be coming out in more detail in a peer-reviewed publication,” Hoffer said. “That peer-reviewed publication is due out probably in the next three to four weeks.” Hoffer did not say where the results would be published.
But Hoffer’s results could result in deepening the controversy around the Cuba incidents, since he concludes that the symptoms do not match those of brain injury — as posited by another group of scientists — and instead could be limited to the ear canal. “It’s important to know that that site of injury could be limited to the inner ear,” he said, noting that the diplomats affected appear to have damage to parts of the inner ear, known as the otolith organs, which affect balance. Injury to those organs can cause dizziness, among other symptoms.
The Yahoo paper does not appear to take into account the recent revelations made by William Evanina — Director of the US National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center — on September 5 2018.
“Another critical question — particularly one raised by Cuban government officials, who have vigorously denied any involvement — is why would anyone want to injure diplomats? One theory is that someone orchestrated the attack to fracture relations between the United States and Cuba,” writes Sharon Weinberger.
But according to Evanina, similar events have occurred elsewhere — he did not say where — and the injuries caused to diplomats are believed to be the consequences of an intelligence operation.
Indeed, I strongly suspect that the primary purpose of these microwave attacks was to gather intelligence, not to hurt the US diplomats. The injuries are nevertheless very much real.
Havana Syndrome — ‘Neuro-Weapons’ Behind Cuba Attacks?