- U.S. personnel have reported brain damage and other symptoms of the mysterious “Havana syndrome.”
- CIA Director Bill Burns warned Russian intelligence services about the cases, The Washington Post reported.
- The warning was uncovered, suggesting that the United States does not know if Russia is involved, the report said.
The CIA director warned Russia of “consequences” if the country turns out to be behind “Havana Syndrome” diseases affecting U.S. personnel around the world, The Washington Post reported, citing U.S. officials.
Bill Burns gave the warning confidentially to the heads of Russia’s security and intelligence services while he was in Moscow earlier this month, The Post reported, citing the unnamed officials.
The Post noted that Burns dampened his warning by saying that the consequences would come “if” Russia turned out to be involved in US personnel becoming ill.
The Post noted that the United States did not blame Russia and that the way the warning was given suggests that the United States does not yet know the cause of the disease, or whether Russia had a role at all.
More than 200 Americans worldwide have reported a mysterious illness with symptoms that include nausea, headaches, dizziness, and memory loss. Some have reported brain damage.
The reason for this is still unknown, and theories include a microwave weapon.
It was nicknamed “Havana Syndrome” when it was first reported among US staff in Havana, Cuba, in 2016.
The United States is working to try to understand its source.