Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Half-Brother of NK's Kim Was a CIA Informant

Half-Brother of NK's Kim Was a CIA Informant

The exiled half-brother of Kim Jong Un was a CIA informant who was killed after meeting his agency contact in Malaysia, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

"His brother would have considered talking to American spies a treacherous act", the author writes.

The newspaper cited an unnamed "person knowledgeable about the matter" for the claim and said many details of Kim Jong Nam's relationship with the USA spy agency remained unclear.

According to the official investigation, Kim was attacked by two women who poisoned him with the nerve agent VX. US and South Korean officials claim North Korea ordered Kim Jong-nam's execution, a claim the rogue nation has denied. "Several former US officials" told the Journal that intelligence agencies had deemed the exiled half brother, who lived in Macau, was unlikely to ever rise to power and was unlikely to have any useful information on his brother's doings (or, say, nuclear program). The youngest person to witness a public execution was 7 years old, the group said. As such, officials believed he had little sway in Pyongyang as Kim Jong Un rose to power.

The former officials also said Kim Jong Nam had been nearly certainly in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China's, the Journal said.

Mr Kim had been a known critic of his family's reign in North Korea.

"Several former USA officials said the half-brother, who had lived outside of North Korea for many years and had no known power base in Pyongyang, was unlikely to be able to provide details of the secretive country's inner workings", the report said.

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Kim gained a reputation as somewhat of a playboy when studying overseas, and lost his father's support after being arrested trying to travel to Disneyland in Tokyo on a fake Chinese passport.

Once seen as leader Kim Jong Il´s natural successor, Kim Jong Nam apparently fell from grace after being deported from Japan in 2001 for trying to enter on a forged passport to visit Disneyland.

The two women who carried out the assassination have now been released.

Malaysian prosecutors eventually dropped the murder charges against them and Indonesian Siti Aisyah was released in March this year while her Vietnamese co-accused Doan Thi Huong was freed in May.

During the women's trial, police said Kim had spent several days on the island of Langkawi, where he met a Korean-American man at a hotel.

She wrote, "King Jong-Nam became an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency". Much is unknown about the relationship with Kim and the CIA, but he reportedly met with a man suspected of being a US intelligence officer in Malaysia in February 2017, according to WSJ.

South Korean and U.S. officials have said North Korean authorities ordered the assassination of Kim, who had been critical of his family's dynastic rule.

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