In 2016 and '17, 25 Americans, including CIA agents, who worked in the U.S. Embassy in Cuba suffered serious brain injuries causing impaired vision and memory loss among other persistent symptoms. Now, we've learned that at least 15 American officials in China suffered unexplained brain trauma soon after. The FBI is now investigating whether these Americans were attacked by a mysterious weapon that leaves no trace. Over many months we have been collecting evidence of what appears to be a hostile foreign government's plan to target americans serving abroad and their families. 60 Minutes Overtime: Is an invisible weapon targeting U.S. diplomats? Mark Lenzi: For me it was November of 2017, when I started to feel lightheaded a lot. I was getting more headaches, my wife was getting headaches too. Mark Lenzi is a State Department security officer who worked in the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China. He says that he and his wife began to suffer after hearing strange sounds in their … [Read more...] about Brain trauma suffered by U.S. diplomats abroad could be work of hostile foreign government
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Commerce Department trade officer Catherine Werner used to promote American business from the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China. Today she says she suffers from bouts of nausea, dizziness, and headaches. She says her sense of balance is off. Robyn Garfield, also a trade officer with the Commerce Department, was posted in Shanghai. Along with nausea, dizziness, and headaches, he says he has trouble remembering words. State Department security officer Mark Lenzi used to work in the consulate in Guangzhou. When he did, he said the splitting pain in his head was debilitating. He couldn't sleep. "I was thinking, 'What is wrong with me? Something's wrong,'" he said. The three are among at least 15 American officials in China who say they suffered unexplained brain trauma after being attacked by a mysterious weapon. Previously, 26 Americans who worked in the U.S. embassy in Cuba said they also experienced an attack and have similar symptoms. This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Scott … [Read more...] about Is an invisible weapon targeting U.S. diplomats?
VANCOUVER/BEIJING (Reuters) - The daughter of Huawei’s founder, a top executive at the Chinese technology giant, was arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States, roiling global stock markets as it threatened to inflame Sino-U.S. trade tensions afresh. The shock arrest of Meng Wanzhou, 46, who is Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer, raises fresh doubts over a 90-day truce on trade struck between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping on Saturday - the day she was detained. Her arrest, revealed late on Wednesday by Canadian authorities, is related to U.S. sanctions, a person familiar with the matter said. Reuters was unable to determine the precise nature of the possible violations. The arrest and any potential sanctions on the world’s second biggest smartphone maker could have major repercussions on the global technology supply chain. Shares in Asian suppliers to Huawei, which also counts Qualcomm Inc and Intel among its major … [Read more...] about Top Huawei executive arrested on U.S. request, clouding China trade…
This story is being published by POLITICO as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. It originally appeared on SCMP on July 26, 2018. An explosive device was detonated outside the US embassy in Beijing on Thursday afternoon, shrouding the capital’s diplomatic district in white smoke and leaving blood and broken glass outside the American compound.Story Continued Below The US embassy said no staff were injured in the explosion, which erupted at around 1pm on the street outside the southeast corner of the embassy compound. Witnesses said the blast occurred near the area where Chinese citizens line up for US visas, and could be heard from nearby embassies. A US embassy spokeswoman said the blast was from a bomb. Beijing police said they believed the explosion was the result of “fireworks” by a 26-year-old man, identified by his surname Jiang, from Inner Mongolia. In Mandarin, “fireworks” is a broad term that can refer to anything … [Read more...] about Chinese police identify suspect in U.S. embassy blast in Beijing
Two individuals from the U.S. embassy in Cuba are undergoing medical evaluation, a State Department official told CBS News on Friday. The two people could be suffering from the mysterious illness plaguing diplomats, but that has not been medically confirmed. Two officials told the Associated Press the individuals have been brought for testing to the University of Pennsylvania, where doctors have been evaluating, treating and studying Americans affected in Cuba last year as well as almost 10 new possible cases from a U.S. consulate in China. Mystery deepens over Americans' illness in China The officials weren't authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity. If confirmed by doctors to have the same condition, the two individuals would mark the 25th and 26th confirmed patients from the bizarre incidents in Cuba that were first disclosed last year and have been deemed "specific attacks" by the U.S. government. The United States has said it doesn't know who is … [Read more...] about 2 individuals from U.S. embassy in Cuba undergoing medical evaluation, State Department says