Havana Syndrome — Mother of U.S. Diplomat Speaks Out

“I do not believe that our military, our diplomats around the world or here at home are safe. Because this weapon system is creating havoc.”

“We heard a very high-pitched sound in Catherine’s bedroom. And we heard a very low, pulsing sound in the living room. Our heads would pulse. You would feel like you would want to regurgitate. You could become instantly paralyzed, instantaneously fatigued.”

Laura Hughes — Mother of Catherine Werner 

“Whether or not a microwave weapon was the culprit, this stealth technique may be a weapon of the future. I would not be surprised if some military establishment around the world invests or has already been engaged in such a program.”

Professor James Lin — UIC

“My gut is that this has been going on for a while. The NSA has revealed to me in an unclassified setting that a foreign power has used a microwave weapon against people.”

Mark Zaid — Washington DC attorney with a practice focus on National Security Law

Catherine Werner returned to the U.S. from her diplomatic post in China after reporting symptoms and experiences similar to those of State Department employees evacuated from Cuba.

Laura Hughes, an Air Force veteran, says her daughter Catherine Werner is struggling with the effects of traumatic brain injury after experiencing strange sounds and sensations at her apartment in Guangzhou, where Werner was a foreign trade officer until being medevaced out earlier this year. She’s calling on the US State Department to do more to solve the mystery that has eluded investigators since U.S. diplomats and spies starting getting sick in Cuba in late 2016. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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So far, Werner is the only U.S. worker in either Cuba or China whose identity is publicly known. None of the Cuba patients have come forward and the U.S. has not named them. Neither Hughes nor her daughter’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, objected to her story being made public.

Asked whether she fears that what happened to her daughter could happen in other countries, Hughes says, “That’s why I’m here.”

On September 5 2018, William Evanina — Director of the US National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center — made two extraordinary revelations. Firstly, similar events have occurred elsewhere. Secondly, the effects are believed to be the consequences of an intelligence operation.

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Hughes says that’s one reason she is concerned that the U.S. is downplaying what happened in China.

She says rather than conducting a transparent investigation, some State Department officials have been “misinforming and they’ve been suppressing information.”

“Our whole lives are uprooted,” Hughes said.

“And instead of being helped by the State Department, it’s an atrocity how they’re taking care of this.”

Since the Cuba incidents were first reported, skeptics in Congress and elsewhere have suggested they could be psychosomatic symptoms or an outbreak of “mass hysteria.”

But the U.S. government has said publicly that the concrete medical findings prove that something harmed its workers.

“Science doesn’t lie. These scientists and these doctors and specialists have been working very hard and long on us,” Hughes said. “There is no way you can fake this.”

The 1961 Vienna Convention

Article 29 of the 1961 Vienna Convention states that “The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable…the receiving state shall treat him with all due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom, or dignity.”

For now,  it appears that the US Government considers that the use of microwave radiation against a diplomat — even in the context of an intelligence gathering operation —  is a violation of the Vienna Convention.

Indeed, in mid-February 2017, U.S. officials reminded Cuban officials in Havana and Washington, D.C., about their responsibilities under the  Vienna Convention. (I will argue that they already suspected “microwave attacks” at that time, in a following post.)

It Happened Before!

Several U.S victims have hired a lawyer out of concern over how the U.S. government will handle their case.

Mark Zaid is Washington DC attorney with a practice focus on National Security Law.

Zaid argues that the uncertainties tied to the cases have placed the government in a predicament because of the mystery not just on the so-called attacks but the injuries experienced.

In a separate case, another Zaid client — Mike Beck, a retired National Security Agency counterintelligence officer — suffered a “potentially similar attack” in the 1990s when he traveled to an unidentified country.

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Years later, Beck and a companion on the trip were found to be suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A confidential report convinced him that his illness was linked to a covert attack with a weapon that used microwaves, Beck told The Washington Post last year.

“My gut is that this has been going on for a while,” said Zaid. “The NSA has revealed to me in an unclassified setting that a foreign power has used a microwave weapon against people.”

Mark Zaid was one of lawyers the representing the US relatives of victims in the Lockerbie bombing. Eventually, Libya was forced to pay $2.7 billion in compensation; $10 million for each of the 270 victims of Pan Am 103.

REFERENCES

Mother of U.S. diplomat hurt in ‘health attack’ speaks out — NBC News

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