NYT reports that the C.I.A. has found that “most cases of the mysterious ailments known as Havana syndrome are unlikely to have been caused by Russia or another foreign adversary, agency officials said, a conclusion that angered victims.” CIA officials describing the interim findings to reporters also say that “A majority of the 1,000 cases reported to the government can be explained by environmental causes, undiagnosed medical conditions or stress, rather than a sustained global campaign by a foreign power.”
Politico writes that “CIA Director William Burns stands behind the current finding, but made clear the probe continues with an indefinite timeline.
“While we have reached some significant interim findings, we are not done,” Burns said in a statement. “We will continue the mission to investigate these incidents and provide access to world-class care for those who need it. While underlying causes may differ, our officers are suffering real symptoms. Our commitment to care is unwavering.”
A group of Havana Syndrome victims have reportedly released a statement criticizing the report while the investigation is ongoing. We haven’t seen the report. It looks like CIA officials are talking to the media discussing the findings of the interim report but the interim report itself has not been made available for the public to read.
Breaking News: Most cases of the mysterious “Havana syndrome” are unlikely to have been caused by Russia or another foreign adversary, the CIA found. https://t.co/1vadnmCM2K
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2022
CIA finds no ‘worldwide campaign’ by any foreign power behind mysterious ‘Havana syndrome’ https://t.co/gY4UwV30sQ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 20, 2022
BREAKING: CIA says that the mysterious symptoms known as Havana Syndrome are not the result of a sustained global campaign by a hostile power aimed at hundreds of American diplomats and spies. https://t.co/HBrcmTS6tQ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 20, 2022
A group of Havana Syndrome victims released a statement tonight criticizing the CIA for releasing the report while the investigation is ongoing, calling it a “disturbing curtailment” that leaves them “no closer to an answer.”
They call it a “breach of faith” https://t.co/cvkwaNvv26
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) January 20, 2022
CIA interim report is disinformation. Other agencies furious no coordination occurred & they disagree. This still shows how individual agencies disregarding uniform approach & not including proper experts. Why?
We already filed lawful whistleblower complaint challenging CIA. https://t.co/t1t1VduUN4
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 20, 2022