September 3, 2018
When the team of US doctors and scientists who examined the nearly three dozen US
“diplomats” spies targeted by mysterious sonic attacks in Cuba and China published a largely inconclusive paper about their findings back in March, one of the most intriguing geopolitical mysteries in recent memory appeared to hit a dead end.
But more than six months later – and with barely more than two months to go until the midterm elections – the New York Times has clearly spotted an opportunity to revive the story (anything to sell a few newspapers, right?), but this time, with an irresistible, and extremely topical, twist.
According to what the NYT describes as a “secretive group of elite scientists” whom the federal government consults on matters of security, what were initially believed to be sonic attacks actually weren’t that at all. In fact, these scientists (and, as per the implication, the intelligence community) now believe the symptoms suffered by the victims are consistent with concentrated microwave attacks.
And guess which world leader has worked hard to bolster his country’s relationships with both Cuba and China while pouring resources into research on exactly these types of psychoactive weapons?
The answer? Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Before the birth of modern Russia, the Soviet Union (where Putin honed his spycraft chops as a KGB agent) was believed to have developed microwave weapons, which the superpower’s military hoped to use as a covert weapon (and also as a tool for mind control).
Decades ago, American scientist Allan Frey discovered that concentrated microwaves could, when directed at the human head, create psychic sounds and sensations – a phenomenon that was later named the Frey effect. When precisely manipulated, the waves could produce the illusion of loud noises (ringing, buzzing, grinding) similar to the symptoms…