Vice President Kamala Harris delayed her trip from Singapore to Vietnam after her entourage was confirmed to have a series of symptoms associated with so-called “Havana syndrome,” a rare pathology that has attacked more than 130 U.S. officials since 2016, which it is believed could be the result of an intentional attack.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ plane was delayed in Singapore on Tuesday, Aug. 24, for three hours. As confirmed by official sources, a health report would have indicated symptomatologies in the entourage associated with “Havana syndrome,” Breitbart reported.
The event occurred less than a week after U.S. diplomats at the embassy in Germany were treated for symptoms of the mysterious illness.
On that occasion, the officials had to receive treatment to counteract the syndrome’s effects, which included severe nausea, headaches, earache, fatigue, insomnia, and lethargy, Fox News reported.
Those affected have included intelligence officials and diplomats working on Russia-related issues such as gas exports, cybersecurity, and political interference.
Harris is currently on a Southeast Asia trip and was preparing to depart Singapore for Vietnam when, according to the White House, the delegation was delayed “because the Vice President’s office was made aware of a report of a recent possibly anomalous health incident in Hanoi, Vietnam.”
“After careful assessment, the decision was made to continue with the Vice President’s trip,” said an official statement from the U.S. vice president’s office.
White House officials confirmed to the media that the incident would be a new case of “Havana syndrome,” a very particular syndrome, whose name comes from when several State Department and U.S. Intelligence Service officials on a trip to Cuba between 2016 and 2017 complained of unusual sensations associated with loud sounds and high pressure.
Senior vice presidential spokesman Symone Sanders reported that Harris is doing well and confirmed that Wednesday’s schedule in Hanoi was not affected by the situation.
U.S. federal agencies have been investigating possible incidents associated with “Havana syndrome” for several months, including one near the White House in November last year, involving high-ranking officials and intelligence agents experiencing similar symptoms.
The effort by federal agencies is part of a broader investigation into alleged directed energy attacks against Americans worldwide, which became so alarming to U.S. officials that the Pentagon launched an investigation last year.
The instances are highly complex and difficult to investigate, considering that the devices used to attack could be small and portable, and the symptoms may appear similar to those of many other diseases.
Scientists and officials are unclear or have not reported who might be behind any of these attacks and whether the incidents are actually targeted attacks or whether they are inadvertently caused by surveillance equipment.