Two new reports from the US intelligence community have been released regarding the oft-debilitating condition referred to as Havana syndrome, including one from a joint research effort within the intelligence community and a separate analysis from the CIA. Between the two, the reports confirm that at least some of the cases of this mysterious effect are definitively due to a real-world phenomenon and not psychosomatic causes, and appear to have been caused by “pulsed electromagnetic energy” directed at the victims.

The first report was an update released by the CIA in mid-January, with Agency officials stating that although the majority of cases of Havana syndrome could be explained by environmental causes, undiagnosed medical conditions or stress, the two dozen cases that are definitively caused by unknown means are unlikely to have been caused by those of a foreign adversary. Agency officials say they are now focusing on the 24 anomalous cases, saying that these instances offer the best chance of providing clues that might lead investigators to the cause of the mysterious ailment.

It should be noted that the cases that could have more prosaic explanations aren’t being outright dismissed by the Agency; rather, a significant number of other cases that could possibly have mundane causes behind them are still on the board, and their investigative focus is being placed on the truly anomalous instances.

“This finding does not – it does not – call into question the fact that our officers are reporting real experiences and are suffering real symptoms, nor does it explain every report,” according to the senior official involved in delivering the interim report. The CIA also reports that they have not found any evidence regarding whether or not the phenomenon was caused by attacks perpetrated by foreign adversaries such as Russia or China. However, they assert that this possibility is still on the table.

Many individuals suffering from Havana syndrome were dissatisfied with the report, feeling that their cases had been dismissed by the findings. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed these concerns, saying that he had “no doubt” that those affected had “real experiences, real symptoms and real suffering.”

“These findings do not call into question the fact that our colleagues are reporting real experiences and are suffering real symptoms,” Blinken also said in a workforce-wide memo. “We are going to continue to bring all of our resources to bear in learning more about these incidents, and there will be additional reports to follow.”

The second report was produced by a joint investigative group called the IC Experts Panel on Anomalous Health Incidents (AHIs), and declassified by Director of National Intelligence Avril D. Haines on February 1. Although sections of the report have been redacted, the Panel identified four “core characteristics” associated with Havana syndrome; they deduced that at least some of the cases were caused by “external stimuli” and not psychological or other known medical causes; and that the affected subjects may have been the victims of devices that make use of “pulsed electromagnetic energy”.

The four “core characteristics” identified by the Panel included:

  • The acute onset of audio-vestibular sensory phenomena, sometimes including sound or pressure in only one ear or on one side of the head.
  • Other nearly simultaneous signs and symptoms such as vertigo, loss of balance, and ear pain.
  • A strong sense of locality or directionality.
  • The absence of known environmental or medical conditions that could have caused the reported signs and symptoms.


Although the report doesn’t disclose how many cases are involved, it states that “a subset of AHIs cannot be easily explained by known environmental or medical conditions and could be due to external stimuli.” Although some of the symptoms are common amongst known medical afflictions, “the combination of the four core characteristics is distinctly unusual and unreported elsewhere in the medical literature,” and that the syndrome is “unlikely to be caused by a functional neurological disorder.”

The report also states that “psychosocial factors alone cannot account for the core characteristics,” meaning that the syndrome doesn’t appear to have a psychosomatic cause. The report also lists numerous “implausible explanations” for the symptoms being displayed, with sources such as ionizing radiation, chemical and biological agents, infrasound, audible sound and ultrasound being all but ruled out.

However, “pulsed electromagnetic energy, particularly in the radiofrequency range” is speculated to be the most likely cause behind the symptoms associated with AHI in the report. Sources for pulsed energy “exist that could generate the required stimulus, are concealable, and have moderate power requirements,” and could “propagate their beams “with low loss through air for tens to hundreds of meters, and with some loss, through most building materials.” A redacted portion of this section appears to deal with the effects of these energy sources on biological tissues, and the similarity between these known effects and the symptoms displayed by AHI.

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  1. No surprises…When they first reported on the problem in Havana several years ago that’s what I suspected, and that it was Russia. It’s also shown up in Vienna, Austria, Moscow, China, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, Virginia, and even the Ellipse near the White House.

    Ironically, Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy, is even being used for healing…

  2. For four years I have been using a device that generates a magnetic field of considerable strength, enough to cover a bed space. I use the frequency of 9.6 Hz, which seems to have a regenerative effect. The inventor’s dog, which slept on his bed, lived to be 18 years old. I’ve investigated dozens of similar fringe science products, and this is one of only a few that seem to both work and do what they propose to do. It is also great for insomnia, or for those, like me, who have a strange sleeping pattern and have to force it into rough synchronization with day and night.

  3. KT, that is good to know, especially from someone with experience with the product! Frequency does matter, and I’ve got music at 432hz, that is considered a healing frequency. I can’t say if it is a truly ‘DNA Healing Chakra Cleansing Mix’, but the particular mashup of music (over 4 hours worth) done by ‘OneMind’ of various artists, is the one that I return to over and over again.

  4. KT, how can I find out more about this technology? (I struggle with chronic insomnia and info on anything that would help would be much appreciated…) Thanks!

  5. Insomnia: When our family has a meal that includes a full serving of fresh-cooked leafy greens (but *not* frozen greens), we always get a good night’s sleep. (The problem with frozen greens is that freezing destroys almost all of the Vitamin E content, + destroys related compounds like folate, etc. Most US people are unaware of this disadvantage of frozen vegetables, since the USDA does not require Vitamin E to be listed on US food nutrition labels.)

    I am surprised that the US Director of National Intelligence has no further public findings to report about the recent recurrence of this problem on the Ellipse near the White House.

  6. In recent years, online vendors have begun selling woven plastic cloths that block RFID waves from being able to scan personal technology items like phones, credit cards, and the like. Perhaps some sort of blocking fabric can be developed to deflect these pulsed waves, plus alert the user that pulsed waves are being detected. Then, if you’re wearing a hooded sweatshirt made of that blocking fabric, just pull the hooded part up to cover your head, and leave the area.

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