New cases of the so-called Havana syndrome have appeared at the US Embassy in the Colombian capital Bogota. Colombian President Ivan Duque confirmed the report in the Wall Street Journal. “Of course we are aware of this situation, but I would like to leave it to the US authorities, which are conducting their own investigations, because they are their own staff,” he said on a visit to New York.
According to the Wall Street Journal, at least five families associated with the embassy in Colombia have shown signs of a mysterious disease. The US representation in Bogota is one of the largest in the world. In addition to professional diplomats and staff, it also houses a number of secret service agents and officials from the Agency for Drug Control.
The first cases in Cuba five years ago
The first cases of “Havana syndrome” appeared in 2016 among diplomats in the Cuban capital. Dozens of Canadian and American diplomats and their families in Cuba suffered from health problems such as drowsiness, fatigue and headaches, as well as hearing and vision problems. The matter came to light only a year later, when then-President Donald Trump recalled most of his diplomats from Havana in response to the incidents.
Later, cases were added in China, Russia and the USA. Last July, The New Yorker wrote about more than 20 cases in Vienna. There was talk of cases between US diplomats in Berlin. In the meantime, the State Criminal Office is investigating the dangerous injury.
Targeted energy from radio waves
According to a report by the US National Academy of Sciences, “targeted energy from radio waves” is the most likely cause of the symptoms. According to the USA, Russia may be behind it.
US President Joe Biden signed a law on Friday to provide financial support to victims of a mysterious disease. The Havana law provides financial compensation to employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CIA who have suffered a brain injury.