Breitbart reported Friday that officials in Germany are investigating what they call an “alleged sonic weapon attack on employees of the U.S. Embassy” in Berlin.
Citing a Friday report from Der Spiegel, Breitbart said police in Germany are looking into the possibility that U.S. diplomatic staff were targeted by a sonic device, which uses sound as a weapon.
The development comes as multiple people there are said to be experiencing symptoms consistent with a mysterious illness known as “Havana Syndrome.”
“The Berlin State Criminal Police Office initiated investigations into the so-called Havana Syndrome in August on suspicion of dangerous bodily harm against unknown persons,” Der Spiegel reported.
Attacks on Americans
The phenomenon was first documented at the American embassy in Cuba’s capital five years ago, and according to Forbes, those suffering from it “have reported hearing grating sounds.”
What’s more, some individuals have found themselves afflicted with “long-lasting health effects, like hearing loss and brain tissue damage,” Forbes reports.
The story comes on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report published in August that claimed individuals at the Berlin embassy had sought medical treatment for a variety of ailments.
Among them were “nausea, severe headaches, ear pain, fatigue, insomnia, and sluggishness,” all of which are associated with Havana Syndrome. The symptoms were so debilitating, the report said, that some were reportedly unable to work.
According to Breitbart, the victims were described by the Journal as “intelligence officers or diplomats working on Russia-related issues such as gas exports, cybersecurity, and political interference.”
“Take care of your people”
Havana Syndrome is also a concern for other U.S. government employees; Reuters reported in July that around 100 CIA officers and their family members have experienced it.
CIA director William Burns told NPR earlier this year that he’s since “tapped a senior officer who once led the hunt for Osama bin Laden to head a task force investigating the syndrome.”
“It’s a profound obligation I think of any leader to take care of your people and that is what I am determined to do,” Burns declared, adding that he has increased the size of the CIA’s Havana Syndrome medical team threefold, according to Reuters.