Posted 6 days ago
What is most curious and interesting about this article is not the syndrome itself (I do feel bad for the peopel who experienced it, certainly), but rather the political games that the U.S. is playing here. They "privately suspect" Russia, but do not openly condemn them, because the evidence is not 100% there, or they are worried that relations will sour further. It's obviously a serious issue, whether it is actually a foreign actor or a pyschological syndrome that seems to be spreading across diplomats or politicians with anxiety.
It honestly reminds me of Gideon Lewis-Kraus's article on the U.F.O. Papers, which cites studies that showed increase U.F.O. citings during times of national stress and anxiety, especially around the Cold War. It wouldn't be insane that these people sincerely believe this is happending to them from foreign parties, while it's really a form of anxiety that is causing these symptoms.
But, it's also apparent that people in the government seem to have evidence to point otherwise. It's very, very reasonable that there are devices that try to remotely access computers and phones to intercept messages or try to read the data on them. Targeting lower level officials that have access to crucial information, as Entous reports on, would also make sense. At the moment, it just seems a little to up in the air to make any decision.