Havana Syndrome Could Have Been Caused by EMP

A recent report by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has raised the specter that electromagnetic pulse (EMP) energy may have been one of the potential causes of the symptoms associated with the so-called Havana Syndrome.

According to Reuters, The New York Times, and other news outlets, a report prepared by a panel of experts convened by the CIA indicates that some of the 1000 U.S. diplomats and intelligent officers posted to Havana, Cuba in 2016 who experienced ear pain, vertigo, and other medical symptoms generally referred to as the Havana Syndrome may have been the target of “pulse electromagnetic energy, particularly in the radio frequency range.”

While the report did not delve into possible sources of the EMP, it did acknowledge that EMP associated with radio waves, microwaves, and X-rays could have been generated “using non-standard antennas and techniques” and that such “signals could be propagated with low loss” through the air and building materials.

The report also acknowledged that individuals who have been exposed to EMP have reported “sensations” similar to those identified by those who experience the Havana Syndrome.

Learn more about the CIA’s report and the possible link between the Havana Syndrome and EMP.

Read a redacted version of the Executive Summary of the CIA’s report.

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