Politico: Pentagon funds experiments on ferrets in search of ‘Havana syndrome’ source

The Pentagon is funding experiments on animals to find out whether radio waves can be the source of the so-called “Havana syndrome,” which in recent years has affected hundreds of U.S. diplomats abroad, reports the Politico newspaper.

The $750,000 grant was awarded to Wayne State University in Michigan, according to a government database. The objects of the research were ferrets, whose brain is similar to the human one, writes the edition.

The Pentagon representative Tim Gorman confirmed the grant allocation, but refused to answer whether his office conducted similar experiments on primates.

For several years, the U.S. has been trying to solve the mystery of “abnormal health incidents” that were first documented in Cuban diplomats and then repeated in other parts of the world, but so far no one has been held responsible for them.

Manifestations of “Havana syndrome” – dizziness, nausea, headaches and hearing problems – were first seen in U.S. diplomats in Cuba in 2016 and 2017, as well as in China in 2018. The media later reported similar cases among diplomats, intelligence officers and other U.S. government employees in Vienna, Africa, Tajikistan and Russia. According to CIA head William Burns, the “Havana syndrome” has affected a total of several hundred people.

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