The first public mention of the energy incidents occurred in 2016, when a group of US diplomats in Cuba as well as their families suddenly fell ill. Symptoms ranged from dizziness, hearing loss to loss of balance and “cognitive fog”. A study in the United States later revealed that the diplomats who had fallen ill had “brain abnormalities”.
Microwave “attacks” on US diplomats and members of intelligence agencies could have started back in the 1990s, The Guardian reported citing the case of Mike Beck. Beck, who worked at the National Security Agency until 2016, when he retired, was diagnosed with a rare non-tremor form of Parkinson’s in 2006.
In 1996, together with his colleague Charles Gubete he visited a country, which Beck said he is not allowed to reveal. Their task was to make sure a US diplomatic building under construction was not bugged. After discovering what Beck called “a technical threat to the equity we were there to protect” they received a message from a local translator that the country’s authorities knew what they did and it “was not a good thing”. The next day Beck woke up feeling bad.
The symptoms disappeared after Beck and his colleague returned to the United States. However, ten years later, at the age of 45, he suddenly became ill, with the right side of his body “freezing up”. Beck was limping and was unable to move his arm. After visiting a neurologist, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.