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    The attacks have long been as puzzling as they are disturbing — strange, high-pitched sounds that victims have sometimes described as a loud ringing or scraping and, at other times, as electronic or even like the chirping of a particularly insistent cricket. They can be ear-splittingly loud or barely audible, just as the symptoms have been in some cases minor and in others, devastating. But there is rather more clarity over who is being targeted — U.S. government spies, diplomats and their families. More than 130 of them across the world have succumbed to what has been dubbed 'Havana Syndrome', after the place where it began five years ago. About 100 CIA agents and their loved ones are reportedly among the victims. And if the mystery assault — which has been attributed to a microwave or a sonic weapon — really is, as Washington believes, an attack by a hostile power, it has finally scored a top-level 'hit'. On Wednesday, it emerged that Vice President Kamala Harris's trip to Vietnam had been disrupted over fears of Havana Syndrome.  On...
    Washington (CNN)As reports continue to rise of US diplomats and intelligence officials being sickened by the mysterious Havana Syndrome, inside the State Department frustration is rising among rank-and-file staffers and diplomats over what multiple officials say has been a tepid response by the department.Of particular concern is a lack of information from leadership, including what some say has been a hands-off approach from Secretary of State Tony Blinken who has yet to meet with any of the State Department victims despite saying he would prioritize the incidents.Fear of the mysterious illness is impacting diplomats' career decisions, sources say, with some foreign service officers deciding against taking jobs that they worry could make them targets of the unexplained phenomenon that has sickened hundreds of US officials over the past few years. Two diplomats who spoke to CNN decided not to apply to jobs in Berlin and Vienna because they wanted to avoid cities where they had heard of incidents occurring. CIA inspector general reviewing handling of Havana Syndrome casesDiplomats and intelligence sources who spoke to CNN said they want basic...
    Washington (CNN)An extraordinary effort by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to block nominees from being confirmed to vital jobs in the State Department is creating hurdles for the Biden administration and hindering US diplomacy, according to Democrats and Republicans who spoke to CNN.The Biden administration -- with about 60 State Department nominees waiting to be confirmed -- is encountering greater roadblocks in securing Senate confirmations at State than at any other agency. Administration officials and Democrats point to Republicans, who admit they're playing a role. But sources from all three groups say the bulk of the blame should be placed on Cruz.The junior senator from Texas has become the public face of the State Department's difficulties, proudly claiming responsibility for blocks on a slew of senior officials. Cruz is trying to pressure the administration on a specific point of Russia policy, a campaign that other Republicans say is fruitless and that triggered a fiery shouting match with Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who's the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Cruz does not appear willing to...
    Taliban officials do not appear to want to negotiate a peace deal with the U.S.-backed central government, according to a senior American general, raising questions about the security of Western officials and their interpreters as they withdraw NATO forces. “The Taliban need to show an equal commitment to talking very honestly in a straightforward way to try to find a political solution as we go forward,” Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters Monday. “I think the government of Afghanistan is willing to do that. I’m not sure the Taliban is willing to do that. And unfortunately, time is now becoming very short.” Pentagon officials are withdrawing all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by this summer, in advance of President Joe Biden’s Sept. 11 deadline. That timeline, combined with the Taliban’s belligerence, could leave thousands of Afghan interpreters vulnerable to militant retaliation for their work with American forces, lawmakers fear. “The military retrograde in Afghanistan could be complete as early as July,” Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told...
    THE NUMBER of American spies, diplomats and soldiers stricken with the Havana Syndrome is substantially high More than 130 victims have suffered from the attacks by radioactive frequency phenomenon known as "Havana Syndrome" both overseas and on American soil was reported by the New York Times. 4Intelligence believes the radioactive frequency attacks on American officials may involve Russian intelligenceCredit: AP:Associated Press 4The US embassy in Havana, Cuba where in 2016 American officials started reporting mysterious sicknessesCredit: Alamy “As of now, we have no definitive information about the cause of these incidents, and it is premature and irresponsible to speculate,” said Amanda Schoch, the spokeswoman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence told the Times.  Havana Syndrome started to be detected back in 2016 in Havana, Cuba where a wave of American diplomatic and intelligence personnel reported acute symptoms from the attacks, later determined to be "suffering effects of directed microwave energy.” The National Academies of Sciences cited medical evidence that buttressed a long-held conviction that there was a weaponized pulse at work causing personnel to develop severe brain...
    Republican and Democratic lawmakers are demanding answers about who is responsible for what a growing consensus of experts believe are targeted attacks on U.S. diplomats and national security officials using pulse microwave energy that many now believe was used as a weapon to harm American citizens. "In December of 2017, I made which now is kind of the fateful trip to Moscow," explained Marc Polymeropolous, a 26 year veteran of the CIA, who was forced to retire as the CIA’s official for clandestine operations in Europe after suffering a mysterious traumatic brain injury and debilitating side effects following a trip to Moscow in 2017. SUSPECTED INTRUDER NEAR CIA HEADQUARTERS SHOT BY FBI AGENTS "I woke up in the middle of the night with an incredible case of vertigo, of tinnitus, which is ringing in the ears. I was falling over. I was nauseated," Polymeropolous said in an interview with Fox News. "There was no mistake that something really, really terrifying happened that night in Moscow. I had been in Afghanistan. I spent time in Iraq. This was the most terrifying experience...
    The Russian government announced on Friday that it would expel 10 American diplomats and ban eight current and former U.S. officials from entering the country, in what it said was retaliation for a long-expected suite of sanctions issued by the Biden administration Thursday.    Among the officials Moscow is banning are Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Director of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S Domestic Policy Council Susan Rice and director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons Michael Carvajal, according to a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry.    The list also includes U.S. officials who have left government – former President Trump's national security advisor, John Bolton, and former director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey, who served in the Clinton administration.   Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said at a press conference that Moscow would also place restrictions on the activities of U.S. non-governmental organizations on its territory, calling Washington's measures "hostile" and "unprovoked."    The relatively measured response, however, suggested Russia was heeding President Biden's...
    JOE Biden has kicked out 10 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the massive hack attack and US election meddling. The sanctions, foreshadowed for weeks by the administration, represent the first retaliatory action announced against the Kremlin for last year's hack, familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach. 1Biden has kicked out 10 Russian diplomatsCredit: The Mega Agency In that intrusion, Russian hackers are believed to have infected widely used software with malicious code, enabling them to access the networks of at least nine agencies in what US officials believe was an intelligence gathering operation aimed at mining government secrets. Besides that hack, US officials last month alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump in his unsuccessful bid for reelection as president, though there's no evidence Russia or anyone else changed votes or manipulated the outcome. The sanctions, presumably intended to send a clear retributive message to Russia and to deter similar acts in the future, come amid an already tense relationship between the US and Russia. President Joe Biden told Putin this week in...
    US diplomats and spooks who experienced “Havana Syndrome' in Cuba and China were “suffering effects of directed microwave energy”, an investigation has found. A long-awaited report by the National Academies of Sciences cites medical evidence that backs up a long-held conviction that some sort of pulse caused them to develop severe health problems, including paralysis. 3The spy and diplomats’ health problems surfaced in 2016 after President Barack Obama reopened the embassy in Communist-run CubaCredit: Alamy 3Scans taken of the US diplomats showing the differences in the size of their brainsCredit: AP:Associated Press It's thought sophisticated electromagnetic weapons were used on US embassy staff in Cuba and China which triggered the mysterious illness. Symptoms have included hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, headaches and fatigue, a pattern consistent with "mild traumatic brain injury," State Department officials have said. The study’s report, obtained by NBC News, does not conclude the directed energy was delivered intentionally, by a weapon, as some US officials have long believed.  But the National Academies of Sciences’ report raises that disturbing possibility. A team of medical and scientific experts who...
    resident Donald Trump approves restrictions on Americans’ ability to travel to and do business with Cuba in Miami on June 16, 2017. (Al Drago/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — The strange sound came at night: a crack like a marble striking the floor of the apartment above them. Mark Lenzi and his wife had lightheadedness, sleep issues and headaches, and their children were waking up with bloody noses — symptoms they thought might be from the smog in Guangzhou, China, where Lenzi worked for the State Department. But air pollution could not explain his sudden memory loss, including forgetting names of work tools. What began as strange sounds and symptoms among more than a dozen U.S. officials and their family members in China in 2018 has turned into a diplomatic mystery spanning multiple countries and involving speculation about secret high-tech weapons and foreign attacks. One of the biggest questions centers on whether Trump administration officials believe that Lenzi and other diplomats in China experienced the same mysterious affliction as dozens of diplomats and spies at the U.S. Embassy in...
    An unguided Katyusha rocket was fired at Baghdad’s international airport Sunday night near where American troops and diplomats are housed one night after the U.S. military shot one down, according to U.S. officials. While nobody was injured or killed and the damage appeared minimal, it marked the seventh rocket attack on the airport in less than a month, the officials told Fox News, accusing Iranian-backed militias for the attack. The increased attacks against U.S. and coalition forces prompted the American military recently to deploy C-RAM [“Counter-rocket, artillery and mortar”] -- which could fire 3,000 rounds of 20-mm high-explosive tracer rounds per minute -- to protect the Green Zone housing the U.S. Embassy. Early Sunday morning, the American C-RAM shot down a Katyusha rocket for the first time since it was deployed to Iraq’s capital city, according to U.S. officials. Rocket debris fell into a residential area after it was shot down. “We have a right to defend ourselves,” the official said. The deployment of the defensive weapon system took place after consultations with the Iraqi government, the official said. C-RAM is...
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