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Was a spy’s Parkinson’s disease caused by a secret microwave weapon attack?
USA Created: 6 Dec 2017
One of the first signs came at the keyboard - Mike Beck, a National Security Agency counterintelligence officer, could always bang out 60 words a minute. But in early 2006, Beck struggled to move his fingers at their usual typing speed. He had to hunt and peck.

Soon after, a brain scan showed why: Beck had Parkinson’s disease, the second-most-common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States, behind Alzheimer’s. He was only 46 — unusually young for Parkinson’s. No one in his family had ever had it. Then, in an unsettling coincidence, he learned that an NSA colleague — a man he’d spent a pivotal week in 1996 with in a hostile country — had also just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Eventually, Beck read a classified intelligence report that convinced him that he and his co-worker were likely the victims of a covert attack on the trip that led to their illnesses — and have led to a highly unusual workers’ compensation claim.

Beck believes that while he and his colleague were sleeping in their hotel rooms, the hostile country, which he cannot name for security reasons, deployed a high-powered microwave weapon against them, damaging their nervous systems.

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Source: Washington Post, Ian Shapira, 05 Dec 2017

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