Microwave radiation ‘likely made US diplomats ill’ in Cuba, China

Microwave radiation ‘likely made US diplomats ill’ in Cuba, China
A 1950's-era Buick convertible car drives past the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March, 17, 2019. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: A National Academy of Sciences committee report has found that “directed” microwave radiation is the likely cause of illnesses among American diplomats in China and Cuba.

The study was released on Saturday and commissioned by the State Department. It is the latest attempt to find a cause for the mysterious illnesses that started to emerge in late 2016 among US diplomats in Havana.

The study found that “directed, pulsed radio-frequency energy appears to be the most plausible” explanation for symptoms that included dizziness, intense head pressure and cognitive difficulties.

The report found this explanation was more likely than other previously considered causes such as psychological issues or tropical disease.

The study did not say it came as the result of an attack and did not name a source for the energy, though it did note that previous research on this type of injury was done in the former Soviet Union.

The 19-member committee noted in this report that it faced significant challenges in trying to get to the bottom of the medical mystery.

Among them, not everyone reported the same kind of symptoms and the National Academy of Sciences research did not have access to all the previous studies on the illnesses, some of which are classified.

committee chairman David Relman, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, said: “The committee found these cases quite concerning, in part because of the plausible role of directed, pulsed radio-frequency energy as a mechanism, but also because of the significant suffering and debility that has occurred in some of these individuals.”

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