21 Mar How did the Americans come up with the “Havana Syndrome”
In early March, the US intelligence community released data suggesting that one of the most mysterious phenomena of recent years – a strange disease that has become victims of American diplomats, military and intelligence officers in countries around the world – from Cuba to Russia and from China to Austria – is more likely everything, a consequence of a combination of circumstances, and not the result of someone’s malicious intent.
“Kommersant” studied the history of the emergence of talk about the “Havana syndrome” and how for many years experts have tried to study the nature of the phenomenon, offering a variety of explanations.
March 1, 2023 was the last day of the existence of the so-called “Havana syndrome” – a complex of ailments that hundreds of Americans complained about and continue to complain about. On this day, the director of American intelligence, Avril Haynes, issued a statement from which it followed that none of America’s real or hypothetical rivals was involved in him, and secondly, there is most likely no such syndrome. And there are only “abnormal health incidents” that are not related to each other in any way and are not the result of someone’s malicious intent.
For a long time, the “Havana Syndrome” was one of the most fascinating mysteries of our time. It formed its own industry around it, in which experts, scientists, journalists and the victims themselves gained fame and certain material benefits. Therefore, it is quite understandable that many in the United States, having read Ms. Haynes’s statement, felt offended, disappointed, and even deceived.