'Havana syndrome' cases at U.S. Embassy in Berlin investigated by German police

BERLIN – German police said Friday they were investigating several cases of so-called Havana Syndrome, a mysterious disease that is believed to affect 200 US diplomats, officials and family members around the world, at the US embassy in Berlin.

The syndrome – with symptoms such as migraines, nausea, memory lapses, and dizziness – became public knowledge in 2016 after dozens of diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba complained about the disease.

The Berlin police stated that they had been investigating a “suspected attack with a sonic weapon on employees of the US embassy” since August, but refused to provide any further information.

A spokesman for the US embassy in Berlin declined to comment on a specific incident, but said a US investigation was ongoing into cases worldwide.

President Joe Biden signed a bill on Friday to fund government personnel affected by the syndrome.

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In July, Austria said it was working with US authorities to investigate a spate of suspected cases among US diplomats in Vienna.

William Burns, director of the US CIA, said in July that among about 200 US officials and dependents there were about 100 CIA officers and family members who had suffered from Havana Syndrome.

Burns noted that a panel at the US National Academy of Sciences found in December that the use of “directed energy” rays was a plausible cause.

He said there is a “very strong possibility” that the symptoms were caused intentionally and that Russia could be responsible. Moscow has denied participation.

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