Diplomats who suffered from mysterious ‘Havana syndrome’ to receive six-figure payouts from U.S.
US diplomats and intelligence officers allegedly suffering from the mysterious Havana Syndrome will receive six-figure payouts from the federal government, it has been revealed.
The payouts for affected officials, mandated by the Biden administration, will range between $100,000 and $200,000 for each recipient, according to a Washington Post report that outlined the compensation plan.
Symptoms for the mysterious condition — which first popped up among staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2016 and has since affected hundreds of Americans around the world — include headaches, ringing in the ears, memory loss and nausea.
The vast majority of those affected were U.S. diplomats, spies and other officials employed by the government — leading many to believe the disease is the work of a foreign entity, adding further pressure to the government. to tackle the wave.
That said, the payment schedule is the result of a six-year effort by Congress to help address the massive cases — which the government has labeled Anomalous Health Incidents, or AHIs.
The syndrome first surfaced at the US embassy in Havana, when government officials were suddenly struck by the mysterious disease
Late last year, President Joe Biden took the first steps to draft a compensation plan for current and former officials suffering from the mysterious illness, by signing a law dubbed the Havana Act.
The guidelines allowed diplomats and other federal officials who suffered traumatic neurological or brain injuries to receive compensation from government agencies such as the State Department and the CIA.
The six-figure payouts are the pinnacle of that law.
The leading theory behind what caused the sudden appearance of the syndrome begins with a device scientists say could have been invented by Russia during the Cold War, which was later used to spy on US embassies by collecting data from laptops and cell phones.
However, experts are now theorizing that a hostile country — such as Russia or China — may have turned this microwave technology into a weapon.
Both countries deny any involvement in any of the incidents related to the mysterious syndrome.
Alleged Havana Syndrome attacks on American spies and diplomats continue to grow around the world
Following on from the original cluster of cases in Cuba, American diplomats and spies around the world have been afflicted with the strange condition, which is characterized by the sudden onset of headaches, nausea and dizziness, sometimes followed by lingering symptoms and documented brain injuries.
What is the ‘Havana Syndrome’?
The problem has been labeled “Havana syndrome” as the first cases hit US embassy staff in Cuba in 2016.
According to a US defense official who was not authorized to discuss details publicly, at least 130 cases are now under investigation across the administration, up from several dozen last year. The National Security Council is leading the investigation.
People believed to be affected have reported headaches, dizziness and symptoms consistent with concussions, with some requiring months of medical treatment. Some have reported hearing a loud noise before symptoms suddenly started.
Investigators believe there are at least four cases involving Trump White House officials.
Supporters of those affected accuse the US government of not taking the problem seriously or providing necessary medical care and benefits.
US senators said the government is investigating an apparent increase in mysterious directed energy attacks.
The White House has only recently taken action to help sufferers of Havana Syndrome after the previous president labeled the emerging cases as mass psychosis.
Last week, President Biden took a different approach to dealing with the effects of the mysterious illness, signing a new law that went into effect — the Havana Act — that will allow diplomats and other federal officials suffering from traumatic neurological or brain injuries to be compensated. by the government.
According to the Biden administration, this new program will foot the bill for medical costs related to conditions that the intelligence community has yet to figure out and launched by attackers they may not yet be able to identify.
Sufferers will also be offered blood tests to try and establish a baseline and see if there is a pattern in how the condition affects patients.
The emergence of the new program comes because hard evidence for the strange syndrome has been incredibly difficult to come by — leaving many skeptical.
A medical sociology expert, Dr. Robert Bartholomew, is so convinced that the disease is a case of mass delusion that he co-authored a book called Havana Syndrome: Mass Psychogenic Illness and the Real Story Behind the Embassy Mystery and Hysteria.
“There is more evidence for Bigfoot than for Havana syndrome,” the American expatriate who works at the University of Auckland told the Daily Mail Australia.
“The evidence overwhelmingly points to mass hysteria, or as scientists often call it, mass psychogenic illness. Havana Syndrome is the result of incompetent government officials and bad science. I would even go so far as to call it Havana Syndrome Delusion – the absurd belief, in the wake of persistent evidence to the contrary, that diplomats are the target of an energy weapon.”