Sec. Blinken says government-wide probe into ‘mysterious’ injuries afflicting US personnel ongoing

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Tuesday he is still conducting research surrounding the “directed” attacks and subsequent injuries of US diplomats. Blinken spoke about the “Havana Syndrome” during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.

“We are in the midst, at the President’s direction, with the National Security Council in the lead, of coordinating a government-wide review, including the intelligence community, the State Department, the Defense Department, to try to get to the bottom of what caused them, who did it, if anyone did, and of course care for any people who may have been victimized by it,” Blinken said.

But, this early on, Blinken says intelligence officials are still not sure who or what is behind the injuries. “So certainly if we have concerns, suspicions or beliefs that any state actor, Russia or otherwise was involved … you can be sure that we will take it to them. But right now, we simply do not know,” Blinken said.

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