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Senators are calling for a reassessment of the Havana Syndrome after the 60 Minutes report

A continuous, five-year 60 minutes research into the Havana syndrome sparked new concerns in Washington.

The March 31 report, broadcast on 60 Minutes, revealed new evidence of a possible Russian connection linked to mysterious illnesses suffered by U.S. national security officials. In response, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to President Biden last week calling for a “reassessment by the U.S. government” of what officials are calling “anomalous health incidents.”

“At this time, we recognize that we should not give more weight to allegations than evidence,” the members of Congress wrote. “However, the 60 Minutes piece presented compelling evidence that warrants further review.”

The letter was signed by, among others, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a senior member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the US Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees.

“There is no higher priority than the health and safety of America’s government employees and family members who dedicate their lives to advancing America’s national security interests,” they wrote. “We must do everything we can to protect them.”

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh and State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller all addressed the 60 Minutes report after it aired.

“We will look at new information as it comes in and make assessments within the State Department and with our counterparts in the intelligence community,” Miller said the day after the 60 Minutes report.

An official US intelligence investigation released last year found that it was “highly unlikely” that a foreign adversary was responsible for the Havana Syndrome. The assessment did acknowledge that some intelligence services have only “low” or “moderate” confidence in that conclusion.

Greg Edgreen, a now-retired Army lieutenant colonel who led the Pentagon investigation into anomalous health incidents, told 60 Minutes that the bar for evidence had been set impossibly high. Edgreen said he focused on Moscow early in his research.

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“And there was consistently a connection with Russia,” Edgreen said. “There was a certain angle where they had worked against Russia, focused on Russia and done extremely well.”

The 60 minute investigation, conducted in collaboration with The Insider and Der Spiegel, tied one victim, an FBI agent, to work involving Russia. There is evidence that Vitalii Kovalev, a Russian man she interviewed extensively, was a spy. Mark Zaid, the officer’s lawyer, has more than 20 clients suffering from symptoms of Havana syndrome. He said the victims included members of the CIA, the State Department and the FBI.

“The one thread that I know of with FBI personnel that is common among most if not all of my clients, other than the family members connected to the employee, was that they were all doing something that had to do with Russia,” says Zaid. a security clearance, said.

A Kremlin spokesperson responded to the 60 Minutes report by saying the accusations against Russia are unfounded.

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