CIA’s Havana Syndrome task force to be led by officer who hunted Bin Laden
WASHINGTON — The chief of the CIA’s task force on the Havana Syndrome is a veteran officer who was instrumental within the profitable hunt for Osama bin Laden, in accordance to an official aware of the matter.
The officer’s function was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The official aware of the matter informed NBC News that the intelligence veteran heading the task force was “intimately involved in the hunt for Bin Laden and will bring that same intensity and rigor to the hunt for the source of the unexplained health incidents” which have concerned diplomats, intelligence officers and different U.S. personnel and their households all over the world.
The task force head, a 10-year counterterrorism veteran, continues to be undercover.
NBC News reported Tuesday that as many as 200 U.S. officers or relations have reported attainable signs. About two dozen instances had been reported in Vienna alone.
The mysterious syndrome was first reported on the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2016. In the next years, instances had been reported at U.S. posts in China and Russia and now in numerous European capitals, in addition to Central Asia. In December, a scientific examine from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine zeroed in on a type of directed power emissions from microwaves as a attainable supply.
NBC News first reported in 2018 that Russia was suspected of being behind the assaults as a result of it had lengthy expertise within the expertise courting to the Seventies, however an official stated this week that “there is still no smoking gun.”
The National Security Council is coordinating two administration task forces on the syndrome, together with the task force on the CIA, because the administration says it’s dedicated to an all-out effort to discover the trigger and shield personnel posted abroad.
The task force ordered by CIA Director William Burns consists of intelligence analysts, clandestine officers, clinicians and specialists from throughout the company. A senior official stated outdoors consultants are additionally being introduced in for added technical and medical experience.