The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that the mysterious, neurological affliction known as Havana Syndrome that has struck American diplomats, military personnel and intelligence officials is most likely not the result of attacks by foreign adversaries.
The National Intelligence Council assessment issued Wednesday after a yearslong probe into the cause of the “anomalous health incidents” (AHI) reported by hundred of government officials refuted long-held suspicions that the often debilitating symptoms were caused by microwave or directed-energy weapons operated clandestinely by an enemy nation.
The intelligence agencies said a foreign adversary probably wasn’t a “causal mechanism” behind the health maladies. Instead, the intelligence assessment blamed the symptoms on preexisting conditions, conventional illnesses and environmental factors.
Hundreds of government officials have suffered from the illness since it was diagnosed in 2016 among scores of U.S. Embassy staff in Cuba.
Five intelligence community-member agencies involved in the investigation concluded that “available intelligence consistently points against the involvement of U.S. adversaries as causing the reported incidents.”