WASHINGTON, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - About 100 CIA officers and their family members are among some 200 U.S. officials and relatives sickened by "Havana Syndrome," CIA Director William Burns said Thursday, referring to the whole mysterious ailments that includet migraines and dizziness.
Burns, exploited by US President Joe Biden as the first career diplomat to serve as CIA chief , said in an interview with National Public Radio that he had supported his agency 's efforts to determine the cause of the syndrome and what was responsible for it.
He confirmed that among other steps he brought in a senior officer who had previously led the hunt for Osama bin Laden to lead a task force investigating the syndrome, and said he had tripled the size of the medical team involved in the investigation.
The agency also reduced from eight weeks to two weeks the time CIA affiliates have to wait to be admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he said.
"I think it 'sa deep obligation for any leader to take care of his people and that is what I am determined to do, "Burns told NPR in his first interview since becoming director of the CIA in March.
Havana Syndrome, with symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, migraines and blackouts, is so named because it was first reported by US officials based at the US Embassy in Cuba in 2016.
Burns noted that a panel from the US National Academy of Sciences Unis in December discovered that a plausible theory is that the "directed energy " beams caused the syndrome.
There is a "very strong possibility " that the syndrome was caused intentionally, and that Russia could be responsible, he said, adding that he is withholding definitive findings pending further investigation Topprofondie.
Moscow denies involvement. Report by Jonathan Landay; Edited by Dan Grebler
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