POLITICO first reported that Pentagon officials informed lawmakers last month of the “urgent” and growing threat to US government personnel, including the troops. The Senate Intelligence Committee has since vowed to “get to the bottom” of the matter.
The alleged attacks also include incidents involving military attachés at embassies around the world, a former official and congressional source briefed on the incidents told POLITICO. Officials are focusing their investigations on suspected incidents near U.S. embassies in South America, the source told Congress.
This suspected attack, which has not been reported before, is joining a growing list of incidents. Others have reportedly performed in the United States, including Miami, Alexandria, Virginia, and the Ellipse in Washington. The two sources asked not to be named in order to discuss the investigation.
Defense officials who briefed lawmakers last month said Russia was likely the source of the attacks, but did not have a smoking gun.
A White House spokesman declined to comment on details of the investigation, but said the Biden administration had taken the reports “very seriously from day one.”
“The investigation into the cause and culprit of the unexplained incidents is ongoing and is a top priority for the Biden administration,” the spokesperson said, noting that the White House is coordinating efforts with government departments and agencies federal government, as well as with experts from academia and the medical community.
“This concerns the health and well-being of U.S. officials across government, and we will continue to act urgently to provide a government-wide response to these issues,” said the person, who spoke expressed on condition of anonymity to discuss. a sensitive issue.
A defense ministry spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Miller put in an effort to investigate the incidents late last year. Shortly after assuming the role of acting Defense Secretary in November, he met a Defense Ministry official who was seeking medical treatment for a mysterious attack that left him temporarily unfit.
As soon as the official described his symptoms, Miller knew immediately that they had been caused by a directed energy weapon.
“He wasn’t a histrionic type person, so when he described the attack, it was like, ‘yes, you got hit with that gun,’ Miller said. “There was no way to deny it.” CNN first reported on the interaction between the two.
The purpose of the effort was to “create a bureaucratic momentum to get the agency to take this more seriously,” Miller said.
Now Miller said he was “happy” to see Biden’s team staying the course. The CIA recently launched its own task force to look into the matter, and CIA Director William Burns told senators during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee that shed light on the attacks. of Havana was a top priority.
In a statement Friday, the senses. Mark Warner (D-Va.) And Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said they welcomed Burns’ “renewed attention” to the issue and said they will continue to ‘investigate.
“This tendency to attack our fellow citizens in the service of our government seems to be increasing,” Warner and Rubio said. “The Senate Intelligence Committee intends to get to the bottom of this.”
Representatives of the Senate and House intelligence committees declined to comment further.
Doctors and scientists say the attacks in Havana, which began in 2016, could have been caused by microwave weapons, which use a form of electromagnetic radiation to damage targets. While U.S. officials have not publicly blamed Russia for these events, Moscow is known to have been working on microwave weapon technology.
Simone Ledeen, a former Pentagon official overseeing Middle East policy under Trump and who worked on directed energy attacks in a previous position at the DoD, also called on the new administration to continue reviewing the incidents.
“It was one of the missions that absolutely had to be continued,” said Ledeen. “I hope the new team will understand this – it’s actually very important because the Americans are clearly targeted.”