NATO: Senior official in Vilnius, Lithuania experiences “Havana Syndrome”

The discusses the ongoing mystery surrounding the “Havana syndrome,” which involves unexplained health issues experienced by individuals stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Havana since 2016. Recently, a senior official from the defense department exhibited symptoms similar to those associated with the syndrome during a meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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The possibility of involvement in these incidents was highlighted in a recent “60 Minutes” exposé, although the intelligence community is still investigating. Deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh confirmed the similarity between the symptoms of the defense official and those linked to the Havana syndrome.

The official in question was not part of Defense Secretary Lloyd 's delegation to Vilnius but was attending separate meetings related to the NATO summit.

Singh did not disclose whether the official required further medical attention, retirement, or suspension of duties due to medical confidentiality.

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's 2024 threat evaluation considered it “unlikely” that a foreign adversary was behind the mysterious health issues, but there are varying levels of within U.S. intelligence agencies regarding this assessment.

The has established a system for employees to report such incidents, although a recent five-year study by the National Institutes of Health found no evidence of brain injuries or degenerative conditions among affected U.S. diplomats and government personnel.

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