by Laurenz Gerhke and Matthew Karnitsching/Politico
MUNICH — The U.S. government is investigating after several staff members at the American embassy in Berlin started experiencing symptoms similar to a mysterious condition known as “Havana syndrome” that has been hitting U.S. diplomats and spies around the globe.
Two U.S. officials said the staff members in Berlin started reporting symptoms in recent weeks, confirming a report in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, including nausea, severe headaches, ear pain, fatigue and insomnia. Some were unable to work due to the severity of their symptoms and have been sent home.
Havana syndrome, named after the Cuban capital where it was first documented in 2016, is still not completely understood, but some scientists believe it could be the result of microwave pulse weapons — a so-called “directed-energy attack” — by a foreign actor. It has since also reportedly befallen U.S. officials in China, Russia and Austria.