CIA briefing to lawmakers on suspected energy attacks turned contentious

CIA briefing to lawmakers on suspected energy attacks turned contentious
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Daily US Times: A briefing on suspected energy attacks on US intelligence officers in overseas turned contentious last week, as senators demanded more information about the mysterious incidents from the CIA and accountability for how the agency has handled them. CNN reported citing two sources familiar with it.

Senators on the Intelligence Committee were baffled that they were just learning about significant developments for the first-time. The senators were at the same time also frustrated that they were not given more details.

According to the two sources familiar with the briefing, the classified briefing was one of the most contentious in the committee’s recent memory.

The sources said CNN that the briefers made it clear that they believe the attacks on intelligence officials overseas are ongoing and they discussed previously unreported suspected cases that emerged in a European country this year.

Last week, US media reported that federal agencies are also investigating a possible incident near the White House where a National Security Council staffer shown similar conditions to those who have reported suffered the debilitating constellation of symptoms known as “Havana syndrome,” which often includes severe fatigue, headaches and loss of hearing.

Officials in the US believe the symptoms affecting Americans overseas could be the result of attack by some type of weapon that aims pulsed radiofrequency energy at its victims.

Bill Burns, President Joe Biden’s new CIA director, has committed to prioritizing an investigation into the attacks but the extraordinary briefing revealed that a lot of work needs to be done on this disturbing and complex issue.

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