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CIA recalls Vienna station chief following rise in cases of 'Havana Syndrome'

The strange illness is thought to be caused by an unknown energy weapon used to terrorize American diplomats.

Updated: September 24, 2021 - 11:24pm

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The CIA has removed its Vienna station chief following frustration over his handling of “Havana Syndrome” cases. 

According to Fox News, the strange syndrome causes a set of brain-altering ailments such as migraines, constant ringing in the ears, dizziness, nausea, and even memory loss. The sickness is suspected to be caused by an unknown energy weapon directed at U.S. diplomats in an effort to terrorize them. 

Over the past few months, officials in Vienna have been complaining of similar symptoms related to Havana syndrome. 

The station chief expressed skepticism as to whether Havana syndrome really existed, and was criticized by the Biden administration for not taking swifter action, the network said  

Cases in Vienna among the American diplomatic delegation have surpassed 20. Some of the cases include the children of some of the diplomats. 

In an interview with NPR in July, CIA Director William Burns said finding the cause of Havana syndrome, and identifying those behind the attacks, were top priorities.

"I'm certainly persuaded that what our officers and some family members, as well as other U.S. government employees, have experienced is real, and it's serious," Burns said. "I am absolutely determined ... to get to the bottom of the question of what and who caused this."

It is not yet clear what causes the mysterious syndrome. 

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