‘Havana Syndrome’ victims to get six-figure compensation

The US government will soon compensate officials and diplomats suffering from the mysterious ‘Havana Syndrome,’ some in excess of $100,000

‘Havana Syndrome’ victims to get six-figure compensation
24 Jun, 2022 02:44 HomeWorld News

‘Havana Syndrome’ victims to get six-figure compensation

The State Department is reportedly set to dole out large sums to officials and family members experiencing the mystery ailment

The US government will soon compensate those suffering from the ‘Havana Syndrome’ – a cluster of unexplained symptoms reported by some overseas officials and their relatives – with some slated to receive more than $100,000, several media outlets reported. 

“qualifying injuries” linked to the syndrome, according to unnamed officials cited by the Associated Press, the Washington Post, NBC and other agencies. Compensation will initially be limited to State Department staffers and their dependents, however, and the specific amounts will be determined by the severity of injuries. 

During a classified briefing on Thursday, Deputy CIA Director David Cohen and Assistant FBI Director Alan Kohler updated senators on the unexplained illness, which the Joe Biden administration collectively refers to as “anomalous health incidents.” Other officials with the State Department and CIA also told lawmakers that the government would soon provide a plan for how to compensate Havana Syndrome victims, according to the Post, which was the first to report the six-figure payments.

That plan will be based on the HAVANA Act, legislation signed by President Biden last year which authorized the heads of the State Department and CIA to decide who is eligible for compensation. Though the bill set an April deadline for when officials should propose a system to manage the payments, they have fallen behind and have yet to finalize a plan. 

concluded that a “directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy” device was the likely culprit behind the illness, prompting media outlets to speculate that Russia or China had unleashed a new, top-secret weapon on American targets. However, other experts have voiced doubt about the ‘directed energy’ hypothesis.

released audio in 2017 of a cricket-like sound purported to be a “sonic attack” on US diplomats in Cuba, a pair of experts reviewed the recording and determined the noise didn’t merely sound like insects, but actually was the mating call of the male Indies short-tailed cricket.

Cuban scientists have dismissed claims that secret sonic weapons may be behind the syndrome, stating there was “no scientific evidence of attacks” and that the symptoms were related to mass psychosis among US officials and their relatives.