On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris was scheduled to leave Singapore for Vietnam. But the flight was delayed by more than three hours when the US embassy in Hanoi recently announced that there was an “extraordinary health incident” in the country.
“Earlier tonight, the vice president’s trip from Singapore was delayed because the vice president’s office had been warned of an extraordinary health incident in Hanoi,” said embassy spokeswoman Rachel Chen.
This is the term used by the authorities when referring to the mysterious “Havana Syndrome” CNN.
Nausea, tinnitus and brain damage
There were earlier reports of about 200 cases in which U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers were suddenly abroad when there were signs of sudden illness or brain damage. It writes NBC News.
Symptoms include severe headache, tinnitus, insomnia, speech problems, dizziness, nausea, balance disorders and brain damage.
The event was named Havana Syndrome because it was discovered in 2016 among U.S. embassy staff in the Cuban capital.
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The Vice President’s Office has not yet commented on speculation that the delay is due to “Havana Syndrome”, but refers to it as an “extraordinary health incident”.
It was decided that Harris would continue his voyage to Hanoi, and the flight departed at 19.32 local time.
After a thorough assessment, it was decided that the vice president could continue his visit, Sen says.
As the plane took off from the airport, Vice Presidential spokesman Simon Sanders met with reporters on the plane. Sanders said everything went well with Harris.
“It has nothing to do with the vice president’s health,” Sanders told CNN.
Investigating cases in Berlin
Possible cases of “Havana Syndrome” have been reported in 14 countries, but this is the first time a possible case has been reported in Vietnam.
In August, two possible cases of the disease were reported by US diplomats in Berlin.
The Wall Street Journal writes that both diplomats have symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, earaches, lethargy and insomnia.
The case, cited in German Der Spiegel, has not yet been confirmed by German or American teams.
– We do not discuss things like this anywhere. But I can say that these health cases have a high priority with Secretary of State Anthony Blingen. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Nate Price says we have no greater concern than the health of our staff.
In December 2020, a report by the American Academy of Sciences concluded that direct-directed microwave radiation had made American diplomats and spies sick.
“Direct, pulsating radio frequency energy” led people to experience symptoms such as severe headaches, dizziness and cognitive problems Report.
One hypothesis is that the Russian military intelligence service GRU is behind it, he writes Politics. Directional microwave radiation may have been used to spy on smartphones or computers, while it is said to cause serious harm to health.
The CIA recently appointed a special task force to investigate what causes “Havana Syndrome”.
At the end of July, CIA President William Burns said, we will get to the bottom of this Los Angeles Times.