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US diplomats and spies more likely to be attacked by radio frequency power are recognized in a protracted withheld report

According to a study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, mysterious brain injuries of US diplomats and CIA officials overseas in Cuba, China and Russia were likely caused by directional, pulsed radio frequency energy.

“(A) After reviewing the information at its disposal and a number of possible mechanisms, the Committee believed that many of the characteristic and acute signs, symptoms and observations reported by the Department of State personnel are consistent with the implications of the instruction , pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy, ”the report said, and further study was required.

The confidential government study that was kept under wraps and received by Congress after four months Foreign policy, presents the most comprehensive report yet on what could be causing mysterious health problems for American diplomats and intelligence officials. The US government has not made public the cause of the possible attacks – or even if it knows where the radio frequency energy could have come from.

US officials have long suspected the Russian government was behind the attacks that have strained Washington’s relations with Havana and Beijing, but they have no conclusive information regarding the Kremlin. The Russian and Cuban governments have denied any knowledge of or involvement in the alleged attacks.

The 66-page report makes no attempt to answer who may be behind the attacks, whether this is actually the cause of the diplomats' health problems or the mechanisms used to train radio frequencies for US diplomats. However, the report's authors note that their findings pose an annoying problem for the US government and its ability – or lack of it – to protect government personnel from possible future attacks.

"Just looking at such a scenario raises serious concerns about a world with uninhibited malicious actors and new tools to harm others," wrote David Relman, a professor and microbiologist at Stanford University who chaired the committee that conducted the study , in the foreword to the report first reported by NBC News.

As of 2016, Foreign Ministry and CIA officials in Cuba and China reported mysterious illnesses such as severe headache, dizziness, dizziness, and memory loss. While senior Trump administration officials vowed to identify the cause and perpetrators, the problem has baffled top investigators and scholars from across the U.S. government. The symptoms, known as "Havana Syndrome," affected at least several dozen US officials.

In the years since the health problems began, State Department and CIA officials affected by them have expressed anger and frustration at the US response, saying they are not receiving adequate medical assistance or information from the government to help them investigate. Relman previously told Foreign policy He was frustrated with the government's refusal to publish the report.

"While I am encouraged by the progress we are seeing, much more needs to be done to uncover the cause of these incidents and to ensure that no other civil servant is suffering in this way," Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement on Saturday . Shaheen included a professionalVision in the new draft law authorizing the defense to provide long-term emergency care to government employees affected by Havana Syndrome.

The State Department-commissioned study brought together leading neurologists, electrical engineering experts, toxicologists, and epidemiologists to examine four possible explanations for US officials' symptoms. Possible causes were exposure to directional radio frequency energy, exposure to insecticides, infectious diseases, and psychological factors.

Ultimately, the study concluded that the symptoms US officials experienced in multiple locations were consistent with the use of directional, pulsed radio frequency energy. The report does not rule out that some differences in officials' symptoms could be due to other causes, "including psychological and social factors".

A State Department spokesman said the department was "pleased" that the report was released and that it was "still working to determine what happened to our employees and their families".

"The investigation is still ongoing and every possible cause remains speculative," said the spokesman. “Among a number of conclusions, the report finds that the 'constellation of signs and symptoms' is consistent with the effects of pulsed radio frequency energy. We would like to point out that “in accordance with” is an art term in medicine and science that allows plausibility but does not assign a cause. "

The spokesman did not respond directly to questions about why the department had kept the study under wraps up to that point, nor to questions about whether their research into the health issues had made progress in recent months

In October the New York Times and GQ reported that American officials suspected the health incidents were part of a coordinated attack by a US enemy. While the CIA has not commented on whether the Kremlin was behind the attacks, an investigation by the agency using cell phone location data found that people connected to Russian security services were around US officials before symptoms occurred, reported GQ.

The Russian Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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