CIA Director William Burns said in an interview with NPR that Russia may be behind the cases of a sudden deterioration in the well-being of American diplomats вЂ” the so-called вЂњHawaiian syndromeвЂќ.
вЂњMaybe so (Russia is to blame for the poor state of health of employees of diplomatic missions). But, honestly, I can't assume until we come to more definite conclusions about who it was. There are a number of possibilities here, вЂњ Burns said.
He added that he had redoubled his efforts to find the cause of the mysterious syndrome.
вЂњI am determined and I have spent a lot of time and effort on this during the four months that I have been serving as director of the CIA вЂ” to understand the essence of the question of what and who caused this (вЂњHawaiian syndromeвЂќ),вЂќ the head of the CIA stressed.
вЂњHawaiian syndromeвЂќ is reported to include migraines, dizziness, and memory loss. For the first time, such symptoms were recorded in 2016 at the US Embassy in Havana. Since then, more than 40 diplomats have complained about the syndrome there. Earlier, the United States recorded brain damage in its diplomats.