US diplomats struck by Havana syndrome in Geneva, Paris: report

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US diplomats struck by Havana syndrome in Geneva, Paris: report

At least four American diplomats in Paris and Geneva have been struck down by suspected Havana syndrome, including one who had to be airlifted back to the US for treatment, a report said Thursday.

The suspected attacks left three officials stricken at diplomatic missions in Geneva and a fourth in Paris, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The mysterious cases were first reported to US officials in the two European cities, as well as the State Department, last summer.

Havana syndrome, which is referred to by the US government as an “anomalous health incident,” is linked to suspected radiation attacks that have afflicted hundreds of American spies and diplomats around the world.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told MSNBC on Thursday the US still doesn’t know what Havana syndrome is — and the entire federal government is working to get to the bottom of the illness.

“To date, we don’t know exactly what’s happened and we don’t know exactly who is responsible,” Blinken said.

Geneva.
Three US officials were stricken with Havana syndrome at diplomatic missions in Geneva.
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He added the US has raised the illnesses with the Russians but still can’t make a determination about who is to blame.

Havana syndrome was first reported among US officials in Cuba’s capital in 2016 and has since affected about 200 US diplomats, officials and their family members overseas.

Cases have been detected in China, South America and Europe.

US Embassy in Paris.
One US official was hit with the mysterious illness in Paris.
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Symptoms of the mysterious ailment include migraines, nausea, memory lapses and dizziness. It is sometimes preceded by a piercing sound.

The State Department would not comment on the latest cases in Switzerland and France, citing privacy and security concerns.

Blinken said he’d met with State Department employees around the world who described the illnesses and how these incidents disrupted their lives.

Antony Blinken.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed that the US still doesn’t know what Havana syndrome is.
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“There is no doubt in my mind that people have been directly and powerfully affected,” Blinken said.

“We are working overtime across the entire government to get to the bottom of what happened, who’s responsible. And in the meantime to make sure that we’re caring for anyone who’s been affected and to protect all of our people to the best of our ability.”

With Post wires

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