According to a whistle-blower complaint filed by Mr. Lenzi, the State Department took action only after Ms. Werner’s visiting mother, an Air Force veteran, used a device to record high levels of microwave radiation in her daughter’s apartment. The mother also fell ill. That May, American officials held a meeting to reassure U.S. officers in Guangzhou that Ms. Werner’s sickness appeared to be an isolated case.
But Mr. Lenzi, a diplomatic security officer, wrote in a memo to the White House that his supervisor insisted on using inferior equipment to measure microwaves in Ms. Werner’s apartment, calling it a “check-the-box exercise.”
“They didn’t find anything, because they didn’t want to find anything,” Mr. Lenzi said.
He sent an email warning American diplomats in China that they might be in danger. His superiors sent a psychiatrist to evaluate him and gave him an official “letter of admonishment,” Mr. Lenzi said.
Months after he began reporting symptoms of brain injury, he and his family were medically evacuated to the University of Pennsylvania.
The State Department labeled only one China officer as having the “full constellation” of symptoms consistent with the Cuba cases: Ms. Werner, the first evacuee. In an internal letter, the department said 15 others in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing had some symptoms and clinical findings “similar to those” in Cuba, but it had not determined they were suffering from “Havana syndrome.”
Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania said they did not share individual brain scans with the State Department, so the government lacked necessary information to rule out brain injuries in China.
“It seems to me and my doctors that State does not want any additional cases from China,” Mr. Garfield wrote, “regardless of the medical findings.”
“Those who fled China have spent more than two years fighting to obtain the same benefits given to the victims in Cuba and others attacked by foreign powers.“ https://t.co/GzlH36nRED
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) October 20, 2020
The only thing more infuriating than the attacks on US agents & diplomats is the reported lack of care and urgency in response from the CIA and State Department. Must read from @juliaioffe: The Mystery of the Immaculate Concussion https://t.co/Ojlr5S2yxw via @gqmagazine
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) October 20, 2020
Thank u @juliaioffe for telling my story and raising awareness of others who r affected. This was a very difficult decision to speak out; I only wish for the USG to do the right thing and provide proper medical care for patriots who hav suffered what is no doubt a combat injury. https://t.co/aVnb2ETOqs
— Marc Polymeropoulos (@Mpolymer) October 20, 2020
— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) October 21, 2020
Mark Lenzi believes he was the target of a microwave attack by a foreign power, so he's pledging to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation so it can be studied by researchers at Boston University and the VA Boston Healthcare System. https://t.co/qhQq0HOGwp pic.twitter.com/p9UrnGpnVF
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 10, 2019