CIA official who traveled with director to India experienced Havana syndrome symptoms: Report

CIA official who traveled with director to India experienced Havana syndrome symptoms: Report
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A CIA official who made a trip to India with Director Bill Burns this month reported symptoms of a mysterious ailment known as Havana syndrome, according to a new report.

Sources told CNN the unidentified official received medical treatment upon returning to the United States. The report also cited a source who said the incident left Burns "fuming" with anger.

Reports of U.S. and Canadian staff in Cuba experiencing the sudden onset of symptoms including vertigo, nausea, headaches, and piercing noises began to emerge in 2017, with the incidents dating back to late 2016. Others have reported similar experiences of Havana Syndrome worldwide, including in China, Washington, D.C., Europe, and now India. The U.S. government has started calling them "anomalous health incidents."

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Theories about the sickness’s origin range from mass hallucination to microwave or sonic attacks. Given that most of the instances have occurred only to U.S. government personnel in foreign countries, some have speculated they are the result of a weapon created by a U.S. adversary.

"We don't comment on specific incidents or officers. We have protocols in place for when individuals report possible anomalous health incidents that include receiving appropriate medical treatment," a CIA spokesperson said. "We will keep doing everything we can to protect our officers."

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This is the second time in a month that Havana syndrome has disrupted government travel. At the end of August, reports of the syndrome in Vietnam delayed Vice President Kamala Harris’s arrival in the country. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin sent a memo to the department on Sept. 15, encouraging staff to report symptoms immediately if they start to feel them.

Burns reportedly tasked an undercover agent involved in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden to lead a multiagency task force investigation, which began last year, into the cause of the health incidents.

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