The agency did not blame Russia or any other force, but some officials, especially at the Pentagon, acknowledged that they believed there was evidence of involvement in Moscow’s spy agencies. Mr. to warn Russia against invasion of Ukraine. When Burns moved to Moscow in December, he Raised the issue of health incidents He said if Russia took responsibility, it would face repercussions.
Marc Polymeropoulos, a former CIA officer with symptoms of Havana Syndrome Travel to Moscow in 2017, Said it was important to continue to investigate unexplained cases. To improve the care of the injured officers Mr. He praised Burns’ efforts and said the CIA should not return to a culture of humiliation and dismissal of victims.
“It took us 10 years to find Osama bin Laden,” he said. Polymeropoulos said. “I urge the intelligence community and the Department of Defense to be patient and continue to investigate.”
Another victim, who was asked not to use his name because he worked for the agency, said the government had made a mistake by pushing too many people to report illness or unexplained symptoms. It brought in thousands of extrajudicial cases, making it difficult for the agency’s investigators to focus on the actual cases, the victim said.
The government official explained the findings, saying it was not a mistake to try to bring in more reports because it allowed the United States to speed up treatment for those suffering from symptoms. Officials said the initiative helped provide needed treatment for those previously undiagnosed.
CIA officials say there is consensus within the intelligence community that most of the Havana Syndrome incidents are not the work of a hostile force conducting a sustained campaign around the world. However, confidence in that estimate rose from a low level in various intelligence agencies.
In addition to the CIA, an expert panel is also looking into the incident. The panel presented its findings to the government, but is still completing its report, at least in theory, examining the technologies that could result in the reported symptoms.