This morning, some of the political reporters noted that Vice President Kamala Harris’s flight from Singapore had been delayed for hours with no reason given at the time. VP Harris is on a diplomatic mission through several Asian countries, all allies of the US, and she was due to fly from Singapore to Hanoi today. The flight ended up being delayed for three and a half hours and no one on her staff gave a reason for it while they were in Singapore or while they were (finally) in the air. It was a big mystery. And now we know why: there was a likely case of “Havana Syndrome,” which VP Harris’s staff is calling a “possible anomalous health incident” in Hanoi.
Vice President Kamala Harris was delayed from traveling to Vietnam Tuesday after her office was made aware of a possible case of the so-called Havana Syndrome, a mysterious illness that has plagued U.S. diplomats across the world.
A statement released by the State Department said Harris’ office was made aware of “a report of a recent possible anomalous health incident,” in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi, referring to what the U.S. government has previously described as Havana Syndrome.
“After careful assessment, the decision was made to continue with the Vice President’s trip,” the statement said, without offering any further details.
Harris was wrapping up a three-day trip in Singapore, where she delivered a foreign policy speech accusing China of coercion and intimidation for its military provocations in the South China Sea. She also announced the U.S. is offering to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2023 as a sign of U.S. commitment to the region.
For what it’s worth, American diplomats and intelligence officers don’t refer to it as Havana Syndrome, that’s more of a media-created diagnosis/name for what’s happening. It basically started when America reopened our embassy in Havana – several people attached to the embassy began experiencing terrible headaches and even some brain damage, like someone would get from a traumatic brain injury. After the Havana incidents, there were internal CIA and State Dept. investigations into what was happening and no one has ever really confirmed what it is. They think it’s Russia experimenting with a new weapon, something like a targeted radio-frequency. If Harris delayed her flight, it was because there were security concerns that she and her staff were about to be targeted by some kind of unknown weapon.
NEWS: At least 2 US personnel in Hanoi, Vietnam will be medevacked out of country after Havana Syndrome incidents over the weekend.
Hours before VP Harris arrived in Vietnam, US staff informed the incidents involved strange sounds, senior US officials tell me & @mitchellreports
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) August 24, 2021
VP Kamala Harris's flight from Singapore to Vietnam was delayed three hours because of a "possible anomalous health incident in Hanoi," also known as Havana Syndrome.
— The Recount (@therecount) August 24, 2021
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