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Susan Collins calls on Biden to ‘grill’ Putin on origins of ‘Havana syndrome’

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Sen. Susan Collins calls on the President Biden to use the upcoming Russia summit to ask about the origins of suspected directed energy strikes, known as Havana The syndrome targets US officials around the world, including on US soil.

Ms Collins’ remarks passed Tuesday from the Senate floor after the chamber’s unanimous vote late on Monday to help American victims of neurological attacks (Havana) Act, legislation that he co-sponsored, intended to provide financial assistance to those injured by the attacks.

“We need a thorough government approach to identify the adversary who is targeting our US personnel,” said Collins, who is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“I hope that when the President Biden meet the president [Vladimir] putin, That He ask the president putin about these attacks He will grill him about them to see if the Russians are responsible.” She added.

As The Washington Times reported last week, there has been no official determination on who is behind the attacks, which began to be reported by US personnel in Cuba in 2016, although some have speculated that Russia is behind the attacks.

Mark Polymeropoulos, a senior CIA case officer who retired in 2019 after battling debilitating symptoms stemming from a suspected directed energy attack in his hotel room during a routine visit to Moscow in 2017, told The Times last week that he There is little doubt that Russia is behind the attack.

“There has been a long line of US officials who have developed some serious health symptoms after serving in Moscow,” he said.

“It is something that is also worth revisiting. Whether it is the old type of signals intelligence systems that have become too much or the old spy dust, you know, the Russians are very aggressive against US government personnel,” he said.

The State Department, the CIA and the Pentagon have all opened investigations into the suspected attacks, and the National Security Council is conducting extensive investigations into the attacks across government agencies.

A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said, “The intelligence community is taking these anomalous health incidents (AHIs) very seriously and is working to investigate the source of these incidents, prevent them from continuing and provide care for those affected.” Committed to.” Times last week.

After diagnosis of more than 40 cases from HavanaThe number of symptoms reported by US officials around the world rose to 130, some of which were suspected attacks on US soil.

“There is no doubt that victims who suffer brain injuries should be provided with adequate care and compensation,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican and deputy chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-sponsor of the Havana Act, After voting on Monday. “Moreover, it is important that our government determine who is behind these attacks and that we respond.”

Mr. Biden Met Mr. putin In Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16 during the new US President’s first official foreign visit.

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