Havana Syndrome — Secretary of State Antony Blinken to make an important announcement… Or not.

“We will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of what and who is behind these incidents.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

(October 27 2021)

October 28 2021 — On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken formally announced the establishment of a new cyber bureau at the State Department to help tackle cyber and emerging technology diplomatic issues. Blinken also made a cryptic reference to the ‘Havana Syndrome pandemic’ which seems to indicate that he may make an important announcement very soon, possibly today. Follow us on twitter: @Intel_Today

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“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.”

US Spies & the Havana Syndrome

INTEL TODAY (October 3 2017)

Near the end of the speech [@50:46 — See transcripts below], Secretary Blinken made the following comment:

“We will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of what and who is
behind these incidents and I will have more to say about that in the next day.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a speech on Modernizing American diplomacy

“Is Russia using directed-energy attacks on U.S. diplomats and spies overseas? This depends very much on whom you read on the subject. Having read up on it a little bit, I will confess to being somewhat skeptical that it is real — and yet, I have little confidence in my skepticism.”

Daniel W. Drezner — Professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

What’s the deal with Havana Syndrome? — Washington Post (Oct. 27 2021)

“What and who is behind these incidents.”

Both the Washington Post and the New York Times are rather skeptical about the ‘Havana Syndrome’ pandemic.

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“Uncertainty rears its ugly head again in foreign affairs,” writes Daniel W. Drezner in a piece posted by the Washington Post yesterday.

According to Politico’s Andrew Desiderio and Lara Seligman, U.S. intelligence officials are showing greater confidence about the what and who of Havana Syndrome: “The U.S. government’s investigation into the mysterious illnesses impacting American personnel overseas and at home is turning up new evidence that the symptoms are the result of directed-energy attacks.” That is the what.

As for the who: “Lawmakers are also growing increasingly confident that Russia or another hostile foreign government is behind the suspected attacks, based on regular briefings from administration officials — although there is still no smoking gun linking the incidents to Moscow.”

Well, it sure seems like that’s that! Except that maybe it is not.

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” writes Spencer Bokat-Lindell in an piece published by the New York Times yesterday. [Is ‘Havana Syndrome’ an ‘Act of War’ or ‘Mass Hysteria’?]

Despite the lack of conclusive evidence that U.S. officials were victims of “targeted attacks,” much less of secret microwave weapons deployed by a foreign power, many intelligence officials and journalists seem increasingly convinced of the narrative. The latest big story on the “Havana syndrome,” published in the media outlet Puck News, led with the following admission from the author, the national security reporter Julia Ioffe: “I always suspected that these illnesses were the product of deliberate attacks and that the Russian government was behind them — it was exactly the kind of weird thing they’d be both into and capable of.”

Americans should be wary of how the “Havana syndrome” is being framed in this way as a warrant for retaliatory action, Natalie Shure argues in The New Republic.

Perhaps most shocking, in Shure’s view, an anonymous member of the intelligence community quoted in Ioffe’s story seemed to call for punishing the alleged culprits, alluding to intelligence of “medium confidence” that the alleged culprits were Russian.

“Of course, we also invaded Iraq with ‘medium confidence,’” Shure writes. “If ‘Havana syndrome’ has mercifully yet to be used to agitate for war as concretely as the imaginary nukes of Iraq were, it’s clearly been seized on by a national security apparatus formidably expanded since 9/11 — and if more people don’t come to their senses, harm will surely result.”

Meanwhile… Yesterday, during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Rep. Eric Swalwell [Dem – California] pressed Intelligence Community leaders to acknowledge that the unexplained health incidents known as “Havana syndrome” are the result of targeted attacks.

“Considering that we are not doing this to our people, they are not doing this to themselves, public reports suggest they are happening in an escalating fashion worldwide, can we stop calling them incidents and call them attacks?”

CIA Director William J. Burns didn’t answer directly, but agreed that “real harm is being done to real people and we take each report very seriously.”

Swalwell called for an effort to hunt down those behind the suspected attacks, on par with the Intelligence Community’s effort to hunt down Osama bin Laden.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner [Dem – Va.] said that the lack of information about the alleged Havana Syndrome is very problematic.

“The fact that we still don’t know for sure who did it and how these attacks were carried out is very, very problematic, to say the least. We are, in a bipartisan way, absolutely on top of this.”

“I think that the administration, when they reach their conclusion, will lay that out. The challenge will be, when they lay it out — particularly if it’s a nation-state that originates this activity — what we do then is going to pose one of the most challenging policy choices for this administration to date.”

During the Annual Intelligence and National Security Summit (Sept. 14 2021), CIA Deputy Director David Cohen stated that:

“It’s real. It’s affecting our officers. It’s affecting others around the community, in government, and we’re going to figure it out.”

I have great doubt that the CIA (or the ODNI) will release a declassified report. I am looking forward to hearing what Secretary of State Antony Blinken may have to say about “What and who is behind these incidents.” Stay tuned!

“The ODNI and the CIA are well aware that some people may soon be asking why the U.S. spends $85 billion annually on an intelligence community that cannot answer a basic question. General Hayden is right. You gotta get something for your money.”

Intel Today (Oct. 13 2021)

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a speech on Modernizing American diplomacy — Automatic transcripts:

50:46
our embassy teams around the world are
50:47
still facing a dangerous pandemic
50:50
too many of our people have been
50:51
affected by the anomalous health
50:52
incidents that we continue to
50:54
investigate
50:56
i’ve met with colleagues around the
50:57
world who’ve been struck by these health
50:59
incidents
51:00
i’m deeply moved by what they’ve been
51:02
through
51:04
we will not spare any effort
51:06
to protect our people to make sure they
51:08
have access to the best care
51:10
and we will leave no stone unturned to
51:13
get to the bottom of what and who is
51:15
behind these incidents
51:16
and i’ll have more to say about that in
51:18
the next day
51:20
these incidents remind us that
51:22
being a diplomat
51:24
can be dangerous
51:26
and we must do everything we can to keep
51:28
our people
51:29
and their families safe.

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Havana Syndrome — Secretary of State Antony Blinken to make an important announcement… Or not.

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2 Responses to Havana Syndrome — Secretary of State Antony Blinken to make an important announcement… Or not.

  1. SJ McIntyre says:

    Dear Joseph,
    I’m a researcher and noticed Havana Syndrome shares the same odd symptoms with an airborne infection like Disseminated Histoplasmosis. (P.S. This infections fits everything about Meniere’s.) A hallmark of the infection is tinnitus (mine sounds like cicadas…I was in an outbreak)…also vertigo (including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), balance problems, the sensation of full/blocked ear, a feeling of “fluttering” eardrum/being stabbed inside the ear, nosebleeds, headaches/migraines, photophobia, vision problems, nausea, what seemed like “explosions” inside my head (presumably since fungal hyphae carry an electrical charge?), “whooshing” sounds (from the effects on the ears, nerves, CNS, etc.), strange sensations (burning skin and what felt like pin pricks and pinches), seizures, skin problems like weird rashes, sleep disturbances including insomnia, fatigue, inflammatory bowel disease, mood issues, delusions and hallucinations, autoimmune symptoms (presumably since fungus evolved with mammals and share the same/similar molecules), cancer (particularly hematological malignancies), enlarged prostate, etc. …basically any type of issue in any organ. (Fungus is known to ferment/convert molecules, for example turning tryptophan into tryptophol, which causes “sleeping sickness.”) It can infect the central nervous system, and it also converts/creates various chemicals, including possibly endogenous DMT (fungus can methylate organic molecules=dimetyltryptamine?). It also causes auditory hallucinations.

    There have been numerous outbreaks, and misinformation about this infection, like the fact immunocompetent people CAN get Disseminated Histoplasmosis when exposed to a large inoculum (like near bats or chicken farms, although it’s “everywhere” in the air). Bats evolved to deal with the photophobia and tinnitus it causes by hunting at night using echolocation. They carry it and shed it in their feces. (This explains where the terms batsh#t crazy, going batty, and bats in the attic/belfry came from, because it causes mood disorders and delusions/hallucinations…aka “psychosis/schizophrenia”.)

    The odds are 99.9999999% that a doctor will NOT be able to diagnose DISSEMINATED Histoplasmosis in immunocompetent victims, and many lab tests have high false-negative results. Victims will be accused of hypochondriasis/”psychogenic” illness.

    This might explain people who subsequently developed a form of Parkinson’s disease. (It gave me temporary tremors and symptoms of fibromyalgia).

    I believe this explanation is more plausible than purposeful “attacks” against people. Remember that ambassador years ago who suffered from arsenic poisoning that turned out to be flakes of paint falling into her food instead of a purposeful attack?

    I’d hate for something unpleasant to happen because people are paranoid. Especially since, ironically, this infection appears to cause paranoia and “pathological hatred.”

    Also, I and others are convinced it IS sarcoidosis, and it appears to be a cause of (and I experienced while most ill with the infection) multiple sclerosis and/or ALS, etc. It also raises the risk of stroke, causes hydrocephalus, etc., etc., etc. Heart disease, liver/kidney disease, lung disease, central nervous system disease, arthritis…. It mimics brain tumors, inflammatory breast cancer, etc., etc., etc.

    Additionally, doesn’t this infection share all the same symptoms with Gulf War Syndrome?

    And…there are different strains of the pathogen, so a new person might experience more violent symptoms than someone who has been in the area for a while and developed immunity. And it would tend to affect people in the same building/area.

    Thank you for your time

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