Three Years Ago — US Spies & the Havana Syndrome

“If the facts are confirmed and if the effects are indeed caused by a physical device, I find  the microwave explanation far more likely than a sonic attack. If this is indeed the case, I expect to hear nothing further in the future because the truth would sent a wave of panic through the Telecom industry.”

INTEL TODAY (October 3 2017)

German-Vietnamese artist Sung Tieu, Exposure to Havana Syndrome (MRI/back), Self-Portrait, 2020, laser engraving on stainless steel prison mirror, 45 x 30 cm. Photo: Plastiques. Courtesy of the artist, Emalin, London & Nottingham Contemporary.

“This happened during the Cold War to personnel stationed in the US embassy in Moscow when the Soviets were bombarding the embassy with microwaves to monitor oral communications in the ambassador’s office.”

Dr Joel Moskowitz — Community health professor at the University of California, Berkeley

“Until the government of Cuba can ensure safety of our people, we will be reduced to emergency personnel.”

US state department official

“In the more distant future, weapons systems based on new principles  — beam, geophysical, wave, genetic, psycho physical and other technology — will be developed. All this will, in addition to nuclear weapons, provide entirely new instruments for achieving political and strategic goals. Such high-tech weapons systems will be comparable in effect to nuclear weapons but will be more ‘acceptable’ in terms of political and military ideology.”

Vladimir Putin — 2012

October 3 2017 — US Investigators still don’t know what caused “diplomats” to suffer severe health problems in Cuba. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (October 3 2020) — One this day three years ago, I coined the expression “Havana Syndrome”.

The expression is now universally used, both by the media and the research community.

A Google search of the expression “Havana Syndrome” brings about  3.5 million results!

The expression “Havana Syndrome” has entered the lexicon of widely different people, from judges and lawyers to various kind of artists.

Why did I coin the expression “Havana Syndrome” and what does it mean?

As soon as I heard about this rather unusual saga, I immediately made a connection between the Havana attacks and the old story of the Microwave Syndrome, thus the conflation Havana Syndrome.


On March 13 2017, Kellyanne Conway suggested that microwave ovens could be used to spy on people. Everyone had a good laugh…

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I took the comment seriously. I immediately suspected that she had heard a very serious discussion which obviously passed a bit over her head.

In late 2016, US embassy staff and at least one Canadian began to notice and report symptoms.

In mid-February 2017, U.S. officials reminded Cuban officials in Havana and Washington about their responsibilities under the Vienna Convention.

In March 2017, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, was embarking on a new program, called Radio-Bio, to determine whether cells are able to exchange information with  EM signals and, if so, what the cells are saying and how they do it.

In May 2017, the US expelled two Cuban diplomats for failing to protect its diplomats.

And of course, we now know that the US State Department was already investigating the cause of the Havana Syndrome when Kellyanne Conway made her silly comment.

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And we also now that they came to the conclusion that microwave attacks were regarded as a prime suspect.

In conclusion, I believe that US Intel Agencies suspected right from the start that the injuries to the staff had been caused during a microwave spying operation.

They almost certainly began to monitor the RF spectrum and this explains why they were able to state that the attacks had stopped.

But they could not tell the truth because US Intel agencies are themselves using these devices.

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Did you notice that we have not heard anything nearly plausible in more than a year?

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Recent development

CIA Director Gina Haspel has recently dismissed the idea that Russia was responsible for the alleged attacks on the American and Canadian embassy staff in Cuba (Havana Syndrome). [Politico]

“More recently, Haspel ‘completely dismissed’ Russia House analysts who brought her intelligence showing a correlation between Russia and the curious phenomenon of diplomats experiencing brain trauma, according to one current U.S. official with knowledge of the episode.

The brain trauma issue first came to light in 2017 when American and Canadian embassy staff in Cuba complained of mysterious health problems that have never been definitively explained.”

According to a joke circulating in diplomatic circles, the Cubans are being more open about the FBI investigation than the C.I.A. is! 


Despite an investigation involving the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Cuban authorities, there is still no explanation as to the cause of the incidents.

“We don’t know the means, the methods or how the attacks are being carried out,” the official said on September 29 2017.


Late 2016: US embassy staff and at least one Canadian began to notice symptoms

May 2017 : US expels two Cuban diplomats for failing to protect its diplomats

August 2017 : US says 16 employees have been treated but attacks seem to have stopped

Early September 2017: US says attacks are continuing and 19 staff members have now been hurt

29 September 2017: Washington pulls diplomatic staff, warns US citizens not to visit and says 21 embassy employees now injured

The Microwave Hearing Effect

So far, according to media reports, the investigators seem to have focused their research on some type of sonic attacks. They could be on the wrong track.

During the cold war, the Russians deployed an extraordinary device — known as the “Thing” — to spy on the US embassy in Moscow.

As a result, US diplomats were exposed to microwave radiations. [Many died from cancer but a causal link is debated by scientists.]

“The Thing, also known as the Great Seal bug, was one of the first covert listening devices (or “bugs”) to use passive techniques to transmit an audio signal.

It was concealed inside a gift given by the Soviet Union to W. Averell Harriman, the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union, on August 4, 1945.

Because it was passive, needing electromagnetic energy from an outside source to become energized and activate, it is considered a predecessor of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.” [Wikipedia]

Under some circumstances, microwaves can be “heard”. The process does not actually involve the ears but results from a direct action of the microwave on the brain and acoustic nerve.

The “weird sounds” described by the victims — as reported by the media — appear to match the effects of microwave hearing.

“The microwave auditory effect, also known as the microwave hearing effect or the Frey effect, consists of audible clicks (or, with speech modulation, spoken words) induced by pulsed/modulated microwave frequencies.

The clicks are generated directly inside the human head without the need of any receiving electronic device. The effect was first reported by persons working in the vicinity of radar transponders during World War II.

During the Cold War era, the American neuroscientist Allan H. Frey studied this phenomenon and was the first to publish information on the nature of the microwave auditory effect.” [Wikipedia]

Some studies have shown that such exposition to microwave cause acoustic neuromas.

Quick Analysis

If the facts are confirmed and if the effects are indeed caused by a physical device, I find  the microwave explanation far more likely than a sonic attack.

If this is indeed the case, I expect to hear nothing further in the future because the truth would sent a wave of panic through the Telecom industry.

Stay tuned!

Mystery of ‘sonic attacks’ on US diplomats in Cuba deepens

UPDATE December 14 2017 — Two months ago, I suggested than a microwave weapon — and not sonic attacks — may be the cause of the “Havana syndrome”.

Today, the US media are reporting that Professor James Lin just published a paper on the possibility that the Havana syndrome might indeed be explained by a secret microwave weapon.

Professor James Lin, an expert in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, suggests that microwaves produced the sounds.

Professor Lin said: ‘A minuscule but rapid rise in tissue temperature, resulting from the absorption of pulsed microwave energy, creates a thermoelastic expansion of brain matter.’

Professor Lin suggests that the resulting acoustic wave may be perceived as sound.


Earlier this month, medical experts discovered changes in the brains of US and Canadian diplomats, which fuelled growing scepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved.

Medical testing revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts, which acts like information highways between brain cells letting different parts of the brain communicate.


Dr Joel Moskowitz, a community health professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said: ‘This makes me think the victims may have developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) from exposure to electromagnetic fields in the embassy.

‘This happened during the Cold War to personnel stationed in the US embassy in Moscow when the Soviets were bombarding the embassy with microwaves to monitor oral communications in the ambassador’s office.’


UPDATE (October 3 2018) — One year ago, I suggested that a microwave explanation was far more likely than a sonic attack.

On December 12 2017, Professor James Lin wrote that a microwave weapon may have been used.

RELATED POST: Havana Syndrome — TIMELINE [GAO Findings]

On August 29 2018,  Beatrice Golomb — MD, PhD, professor of medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine —  concluded that reported symptoms and experiences of a “mystery illness” afflicting American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and China strongly match known effects of pulsed microwave electromagnetic radiation. 

On September 1 2018,  the NYT published a long article titled:  “Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers.

So far, there is no official explanation but the State Department strongly believes that the origin of this mysterious illness is not a natural cause.


US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’ — BBC

Leon Theremin – CIA NEMESIS — CIA official website

Was a spy’s Parkinson’s disease caused by a secret microwave weapon attack? — Wash Post (December 2017)

Mysterious sonic weapon in Cuba may be microwaves — Health medicine Network


US Spies & the Havana syndrome — [UPDATE : Microwave Weapon?]

One Year Ago — US Spies & the Havana Syndrome (October 3 2017)

Two Years Ago — US Spies & the Havana Syndrome

Three Years Ago — US Spies & the Havana Syndrome

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