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Patient Zero denounces U.S. intel report suggesting Havana Syndrome not result of foreign weapon

A former U.S. government official known as "patient zero" called the report "shameful and ridiculous"

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March 6, 2023 8:59am

Updated: March 6, 2023 9:00am

An anonymous U.S. official known only as Adam and "Patient Zero" who was the victim of Havana Syndrome, denounced a recent U.S. intelligence report which said the affliction was most likely not the result of a weapon from a foreign adversary.

The specter of the Havana Syndrome originally arose after a high number of U.S. diplomats working at the embassy in Havana began suffering from consistent symptoms. 

The anonymous patient called the report "shameful and ridiculous," saying that "there are errors, falsehoods, misrepresentation of the truth and flat out lies," in statements to Fox News.

The former diplomat also stated that "to say that a foreign adversary does not have the same type of technology or equipment, frankly, is ridiculous."

Adam specified that the first time he experienced symptoms was when he worked at the U.S. Embassy in Havana in December 2016.

"When I first felt it I was in my room. A very, very loud sound entered my room. I felt a pressure in my head, followed by heart palpitations. Sort of like someone taking a pencil and sticking it into your eardrum ", he added.

Now the man is retired due to his medical conditions.

The report leaked this week by The Washington Post notes that "evidence suggests that far from being a foreign adversary, causal mechanism, or unique syndrome related to AHI, DCI agencies assess that the symptoms reported by U.S. personnel were likely the result of factors that did not involve a foreign adversary, such as pre-existing conditions, conventional illnesses, and environmental factors."

Seven intelligence agencies intervened in the conclusions, which reviewed approximately a thousand cases of "abnormal health incidents" that have caused, in some cases, "brain injuries and strong vertigo," among other symptoms.

However, previous studies from independent institutions do not share these statements. A 2020 National Academy of Sciences report suggested that the symptoms experienced by US diplomats may have been the effect of directed microwave rays.

"The committee considered that many of the distinctive and acute signs, symptoms, and observations reported by (US government) employees are consistent with the effects of pulsed and directed radiofrequency (RF) energy," they said at the time.