World News – United States – CIA officer who fell ill fuels suspicion that Russia has carried out attacks

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Posted: 3:46 PM EDT October 20, 2020 | Updated: 5:07 p.m. EDT October 20, 2020

A Russian-based CIA officer who developed such chronic migraines that he had to retire has fueled suspicions that the country is behind mysterious sound attacks around the world

Marc Polymeropoulos fell ill with severe migraines after experiencing vertigo in his Moscow hotel room in December 2017 His illness follows dozens of other similar incidents in Cuba and China, where diplomats have reported headaches and memory loss

Now some scientists, along with experts from the CIA and State Department, have told the New York Times that the most likely culprit behind the unexplained symptoms is Russia

CIA Director and State Department say they have not established a case Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the suggestion was’ absolutely absurd and bizarre A spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Washington said it was likely a case of ‘mass hysteria’

Marc Polymeropoulos, pictured, fell ill in December 2017 after experiencing severe dizziness in his hotel room in Moscow His illness follows dozens of other similar incidents in Cuba and China, where diplomats have reported headaches and memory loss

Dozens of illnesses have led the US and Canada to drastically cut staff at their embassies in Cuba The phenomenon has also led to heightened tension between Cuba and the Trump administration, which accused Cuba of having to less responsibility for diseases The US Embassy in Havana is represented

Diplomat Mark Lenzi, 45, was stationed in Guangzhou in 2017 when he developed unexplained symptoms, including headaches, memory loss and sleep disturbances

Her neighbor Catherine Werner also fell ill and her official American colleague Robyn Garfield was evacuated from Shanghai with her family in June 2018

Lenzi’s symptoms were reported after the US State Department began investigating similar health issues reported by diplomatic staff in Cuba in late 2016

The symptom cluster has since been dubbed ‘Havana Syndrome’ Experts still disagree on whether such a sound attack is causing the symptoms

But concerned staff reported hearing loud sounds ranging from buzzing to squealing It was suspected that the sounds were deliberate

In March this year, some scientists said they suspected pesticides as a possible culprit, although the results were inconclusive

Diplomat Mark Lenzi, 45, left, was stationed in Guangzhou in 2017 when he developed unexplained symptoms, including headaches, memory loss and sleep disturbances Her neighbor Catherine Werner, on the right, also fell ill

Dozens of illnesses have led the US and Canada to drastically reduce staff at their embassies in Cuba The phenomenon has also led to heightened tension between Cuba and the Trump administration, which accused Cuba of assuming responsibility for the minus some of the disease liability

But in China, the New York Times found that the State Department ignored outside medical advice; the department is also said to have withheld basic information from Congress and produced inconsistent assessments on the matter

Despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling officials the symptoms in China and Cuba were «  very similar and quite consistent  » Soon after, the State Department said the incidents in China were more like ‘health incidents’

The State Department said, ‘The safety and security of US personnel, their families and US citizens is our top priority The US government has not yet determined a cause or actor’

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Lenzi, who says the United States ‘knows exactly which country’ was responsible, said: ‘This is a deliberate, high-level cover-up. They threw us out’

Despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling officials, symptoms in China and Cuba were «  very similar and quite consistent.  » Soon after, the State Department said the incidents in China were more like ‘health incidents’

The State Department has not officially established any link between Chinese diplomats and 26 workers at the US Embassy in Cuba, which was pulled in 2017 after reporting symptoms, including those consistent with minor head trauma or a concussion

Lenzi now works at a State Department passport office in his native New Hampshire He said he and his wife started hearing strange noises in their apartment in 2017, and then developed symptoms consistent with it. a concussion

In an interview with the AP, he said he initially did not associate the noises with the symptoms, believing the headaches may have been triggered by smog

The State Department has not officially established any link between Chinese diplomats and 26 workers at the US Embassy in Cuba which was pulled in 2017 after reporting symptoms, including those consistent with minor head trauma or concussionThe entrance to the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China is pictured

The State Department said in 2019 that out of 15 diplomats or family members from China who underwent additional medical assessment in the US, 14 did not have symptoms similar to Cuba and the other case had not been determined

Preliminary results from a team at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on 24 affected staff in Cuba showed they had sensory and memory issues similar to the dysfunction brain observed during concussions

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