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U.S. Senate intelligence leaders say mystery illness attacks increasing

PoliticsApr 30, 2021 02:30PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Friday incidents similar to suspected "directed" radio frequency attacks on U.S. diplomats appear to be increasing and the committee was investigating.

In a statement, Senators Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic chairman, and Marco Rubio, its Republican vice chairman, said they have been aware for nearly five years of the mysterious attacks on U.S. government personnel in Havana, Cuba and elsewhere around the world.

"This pattern of attacking our fellow citizens serving our government appears to be increasing. The Senate Intelligence Committee intends to get to the bottom of this," they said.

CNN on Thursday reported that U.S. agencies were investigating two possible incidents that appeared similar to illnesses that affected diplomats and are known as "Havana syndrome."

One last year was near the White House, CNN said, and another, previously reported by GQ magazine, sickened a White House official in a nearby Virginia suburb in 2019.

A U.S. government report in December said "directed" radio frequency was the most plausible explanation for the symptoms. In February, the State Department said an investigation was still ongoing.

On Thursday a White House spokeswoman said various departments of President Joe Biden's administration were working on the issue and still evaluating the situation.

U.S. Senate intelligence leaders say mystery illness attacks increasing
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 01, 2021 2:50AM ET
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Why would someone assume "fellow citizens" are the attackers?
Adrian White
Adrian White May 01, 2021 2:50AM ET
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The quote was "attacking our fellow citizens serving government" so I guess they were trying to emphasize that it's non-military being targeted. I don't think they were implying that fellow citizens were the attackers, but it was an odd way of saying it.
Wayne Gillispie
Wayne Gillispie Apr 30, 2021 7:14PM ET
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The mystery illness attacking Rep is SZS aka Slippery Zipper Syndrome.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Apr 30, 2021 4:17PM ET
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The mistery illness attacking the Democratic party is communism
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 30, 2021 4:17PM ET
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It seems more to be attacking the mind -space of people like you.
XAVIER ADOLF NORONHA
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Could be Alien 👽 attack!
 
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