(INTELLIHUB) Three former and current U.S. officials suspect an elite Russian GRU spy team could be behind the alleged directed energy weapon attacks that have caused various health issues among U.S. government personnel operating domestically and abroad officials with direct knowledge of the subject.
Although the U.S. lacks proof of these claims, the intelligence community is conducting investigations within eighteen government agencies for incidents that may involve GRU spies. However, so far, officials have made no rulings on whether the attacks involved Russian bad actors.
Victims of the suspected directed energy weapon attacks reported experiencing several symptoms, including nausea, loss of hearing, loss of balance, ringing in the ears, and some cases, long-term brain damage.
According to a report by Politico, CIA Director William Burn is now directly involved in the investigation and has ordered a senior officer to report directly to him.
Escalating the matter, former Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller told Politico last week that the attacks are “an act of war.”
Russian study of this type of technology dates back to the latter part of the 20th century, when the former Soviet Union opted to pursue “irregular warfare,” where it could counter the United States in “the seams and the gaps,” rather than in the conventional space, the first former official said. Microwave pulse weapons, which use a form of electromagnetic radiation to damage targets, are “the perfect gray zone” weapons because attribution is so difficult, the person said.
A former congressional official admits investigators have not determined a specific weapon used on targets but said that such a device would likely be transported by vehicle and small enough to fit in a backpack, as politico reports.
Adding salt to the wounds of those attacked, a botched report by the New York Times claims that being targeted is a mental illness.
Featured image credit: Outgoing Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller departs the Pentagon as he transitions out of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2021. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)
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