Inquiry Into Illness Among U.S. Diplomats Is Ongoing, Pompeo Says

Inquiry Into Illness Among U.S. Diplomats Is Ongoing, Pompeo Says

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Inquiry Into Illness Among U.S. Diplomats Is Ongoing, Pompeo Says

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. government has not found the cause of mysterious illness that has impacted American diplomats and intelligence officers overseas since 2016.

We — every day, every day — work to make sure that our diplomats, wherever they are stationed, are safe and healthy and protected. And when something happens to them, we take care of their medical needs, and we work to eliminate the risk and impose costs on those who may well have taken action to create that. That happened in every case. With respect to every one of the incidents that you described there — it happened in every country around the world. There were no politics attached to this — the suggestion, somehow, is that we didn’t protect our officers because of some larger political objective. That is patently false. Following these incidents, we’ve tracked them closely. We’ve done a lot of work to try and identify how this all took place. And we continue to try and determine precisely the causation of this, while doing our best to make sure we’re taking care of the health and safety of these people. And if there are real medical conditions, making sure that they are completely and thoroughly addressed as well. It is a complicated, it is a very complicated situation. And there is not yet any complete U.S. government analysis which definitively tells us precisely how these all came to be — whether they’re part of a single cohort. It’s a very complicated situation. We have — there are multiple theories, and you should know there are significant U.S. government resources. Now what, three-plus years on, devoted to getting to the bottom of this, and then holding those responsible accountable, should we determine that that’s required.

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