As ‘Havana syndrome’ the strange attacks against US diplomats in various countries of the world are known, reported this Tuesday the media.
The revelation comes a few days before the visit that the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will make to Colombiahighlighted the newspaper, which cites several internal emails from the embassy in Bogotá.
The first of these internal emails dates from mid-September and another message sent on October 1 warned of “additional anomalous health incidents,” the official way of referring to this condition, indicates the newspaper.
Blinken plans to make its first visit to Colombia on October 20, to participate in the High Level Dialogue between the two countries.
What is the ‘Havana syndrome’?
Its origin is unknown, but it is a condition that causes symptoms similar to those of brain injuries, dizziness, headaches and lack of concentration.
The media report indicates that at least five American families are suffering from this syndrome.
Asked about the information on these alleged new cases in Colombia, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said she would not confirm “individual (case) reports.”.
“What we do is take every report that comes to us very seriously,” he said at his daily press conference.
Psaki asserted, however, that the Administration of President Joe Biden has “stepped up efforts” to determine the causes of the “Havana syndrome.”
Just last week, Biden signed legislation dubbed the “Havana Law”, which establishes that the US Government has an obligation to help those who have suffered these mysterious “attacks.”
The victims have been asking for more help from the US government for years, first from Donald Trump (2017-2021) and then from Biden himself.
More than 200 US diplomats assigned to different countries have suffered symptoms of the so-called ‘Havana syndrome’, according to the aforementioned newspaper.
The origin and the person responsible for these mysterious “attacks” is still unknown, although some experts suggest that radio frequency energy could have been used to perpetrate them.
‘Havana syndrome’ in the world
In addition to Cuba, where the first cases were detected in 2016 and 2017, there have been similar incidents in China, Austria, Germany and even in Washington; and in September, the US government began to investigate another similar incident that affected an adviser to the director of the CIA, Bill Burns, during a trip to India.
In 2017 Trump accused the Government of Cuba of being responsible for what the US authorities then described as “acoustic” or “sonic” attacks, which served as a pretext for the then president to break the diplomatic thaw with the island.
An internal report released earlier this year revealed that Trump indicted Havana without evidence and that mismanagement and lack of coordination dominated his response to these alleged “attacks.”
Biden, for the time being, has avoided publicly singling out any country and his government continues to investigate the origin of these incidents.