The episodes, known as Havana Syndrome, left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain damage.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon asks all military personnel, civilian officials and contractors to report any episode of itsAbnormal nty similar to illnesses that plagued diplomats and CIA agents at the US Embassy in Havana, according to a new department-wide post.
The message, signed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, is an effort to report around the world and in the United States, to heal those in need and to aid investigators in the counter. espionage to collect more information on the resurgence of episodes that injured at least 200 Americans.
The note, along with other documents provided to Military counterintelligence officials, exposes suspicious signs of the attacks based on accounts of the wounded, including heat, pressure and noise. It also details the symptoms associated with the so-called Haven Syndromedonkey such as nausea, headache, pain and dizziness.
Crucially, defense officials pointed out, the memo, which was sent to 2.9 million military and civilians of the Ministry of Defense, explains how to react: get away from the area quickly.
"A Timely reporting is essential and starts with knowing what to do if you have IAH, "Austin wrote, using the abbreviation of abnormal health incident.
Military personnel must then report the episode to the chain of command, security guards and health care providers, Mr Austin wrote.
The memo is part of a government-wide effort to collect more information on the episodes and comes as intelligence officials continue to struggle to make it clear whois responsible. Intelligence agencies are closing in on some conclusions, but the government is not close enough to make an "analytical judgment," CIA deputy director David S. Cohen said this week.
"There is a classic intelligence problem, and we approach it with the same techniques," Cohen said at the annual intelligence and national security conference . Mountain peak. "This is a serious problem. It is real, it affects our agents, it affects other people in their community and in government.
" We'll find out, "he added.
There are several reasons why the United States has struggled to identify who, and what, is responsible for the episodes. Officials estimated that the intelligence services of several countries could be involved, each with motivess and different equipment causing disease, some US officials say.
Officials point out that the possibility of multiple adversaries only remains. 'a theory and which intelligence officials have yet to draw hard conclusions.
But surveillance technology from the Cold War era developed by the Soviet Union has proliferated in other countries, each of which has equipment that could cause symptoms similar to previous attacks.
In at least some of the cases of Havana syndrome, the technology has been used by the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency, to eavesdrop but not to deliberately injure, according to some US officials. But other later episodes look more like deliberate attacks by the GRU, those officials said.
In other cases, Russian intelligence services may not be involved at all, beyond having shared the technology. Some intelligence agencies may have used surveillance technology microwave oven faulty or improperly calibrated and inadvertently injured the US officials they were spying on.
The first batch of cases occurred at the US Embassy in Havana in 2016 and 2017. The next group has performed in diplomatic outposts in China, a country where it would have been difficult for Russian intelligence to operate, informed officials say intelligence.
Since then, authorities have followed the cases in Europe and Asia.
Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview this summer that several countries maywere involved and that it was essential not to reject
"I don 'think we can rule out any possibility here, that there are multiple causes of these injuries and that there are multiple players involved in these injuries, "said Mr Schiff. " I think this is all doable.
The Chamber is considering a bill approved by the Senate tha t would extend assistance to current and former injured government officials in abnormal incidents and suffering from Havana syndrome. A vote scheduled for July has been delayed by partisan fighting, but some officials say another chance to vote may present itself by the end of the month.
In July, WilliaMr. J Burns, CIA Director, told NPR that there are around 200 cases of Havana Syndrome , half of which involved staff at the Havana Syndrome. 'agency. Since then, additional episodes have occurred, including one in Vietnam which temporarily delayed Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to the country. Other cases were removed from the study as authorities felt they did not fit the pattern of the syndrome.
Additional reports may helping investigators learn more about attacks, detect patterns and move closer to determining a cause, said a senior defense official.
The notThe Pentagon 's task force has been delayed for months as officials put in place procedures to better investigate the episodes and smooth the path to medical care for the injured.
While the most serious cases among military officials will be treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, less severe cases could be treated locally.
In the memo, Mr. Austin urged the military and others to report any episodes, especially those that have similarities to Havana Syndrome affecting diplomats and CIA officers stationed in Cuba.
Mr. Austin's memo stated that the episodes occurred "primarily overseas ". But Pentagon officials and the document have acknowledged that while this is the case, some of the anomalies have occurred in the United States.
Administration officials previously said two episodes in the Washington, DC area could be possible examples of Havana Syndrome.
Throughout the year, the White House and other government officials attempted to raise awareness of the episodes and encourage people to report symptoms of the syndrome, but also to avoid creating panic.
The new Pentagon advice is based on the experience of servicemen who have been injured and show symptoms of the syndrome. Havana.
This includes a case, in the fall of 2020, when a military officer serving overseas pulled his vehicle into a intersection, was then overcome with nausea andheadache . Her 2 year old son, sitting in the back seat, started to cry. When the officer quickly walked away from the intersection, his nausea ceased and the child stopped crying, a chain of events that helped bolster the military opinion that the troops must leave the contact zone as quickly as possible.