The most admirable explanation is the “directed” radio frequency for mysterious signs conducted by diplomats stationed at American embassies in Havana and elsewhere, according to a U.S. government report.
The symptoms “appear to be consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency energy,” the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering reports.
In some postings, diplomats have been plagued with nausea, headaches, dizziness and other unexplained symptoms. Given the nature of the symptoms, the location of the postings, and the silence of the U.S. government, this “Havana syndrome” has long been the subject of intense speculation.
In Saturday’s report, Washington for the first time offered an official explanation, although it was inevitable.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in October that “significant U.S. government resources” had been devoted to solving the mystery, where more than 40 U.S. government employees were injured between 2014 and 2015.
The State Department said in June 2018 that they had brought home the home minister from Guangzhou, China, because they were suffering from similar symptoms.
In addition to the indicated radio frequency, Saturday’s report left open “the possibility of multiple causal factors, including psychological and social factors.”
NBC News and the New York Times first reported the search for the report.
The New York Times quoted the State Department as saying, “We are satisfied with the publication of this report and can add to the information and analysis that can help us come to a final conclusion about what happened.”
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