The US intelligence agency CIA has fired its station manager in Vienna amid allegations that he has been involved in recent reports of “Havana Syndrome” affecting a number of staff and even the children of workers.
U.S. government officials revealed in a conversation with the Washington Post that dozens of American staff members stationed in Vienna, including for the first time a number of workers’ children, reported symptoms identified with the mysterious phenomenon first documented in Cuba five years ago. Due to the escalation in attacks, a number of offices at the embassy were closed last month.
The report states that the station manager was sharply criticized for not taking decisive action in the face of the mysterious attacks, and it was also alleged that he expressed doubt about the truth of the symptoms and did not show any sensitivity towards the staff members. Following this, it was decided to remove him from his post at one of the most important intelligence agencies’ stations, in order to “send a message to the agency’s senior officials that they must take the phenomenon seriously.”
This week it was reported that a staff member who accompanied CIA Director Bill Burns’ visit to India earlier this month reported symptoms consistent with the mysterious phenomenon that has plagued dozens of diplomats and government employees over the past five years. A detail.conscious source told CNN that Burns “exploded with rage” after the incident and that the agency also sees the incident as a direct message to Burns that “no one is safe.”