Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean chief Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been an informant for the U.S. Central Intelligence Company, the Wall Avenue Journal reported on Monday.
The Journal cited an unnamed “particular person educated in regards to the matter” for the report, and mentioned many particulars of Kim Jong Nam‘s relationship with the CIA remained unclear.
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Reuters couldn’t independently affirm the story. The CIA declined to remark.
The Journal quoted the particular person as saying “There was a nexus” between the CIA and Kim Jong Nam.
“A number of former U.S. officers mentioned the half brother, who had lived outdoors of North Korea for a few years and had no recognized energy base in Pyongyang, was unlikely to have the ability to present particulars of the secretive nation’s inside workings,” the Journal mentioned.
The previous officers additionally mentioned Kim Jong Nam had been nearly actually in touch with safety providers of different international locations, significantly China’s, the Journal mentioned.
Officers at South Korea’s Nationwide Intelligence Service and Unification Ministry mentioned Tuesday they couldn’t affirm Monday’s report, which attributed the small print to an unidentified “particular person educated in regards to the matter.”
It’s extraordinarily troublesome to confirm details about North Korea’s ruling household.
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Kim Jong Nam‘s position as a CIA informant is talked about in a brand new ebook about Kim Jong Un, “The Nice Successor,” by Washington Put up reporter Anna Fifield that is because of be printed on Tuesday. Fifield says Kim Jong Nam normally met his handlers in Singapore and Malaysia, citing a supply with information of the intelligence.
The ebook says that safety digicam footage from Kim Jong Nam‘s final journey to Malaysia confirmed him in a resort elevator with an Asian-looking man who was reported to be a U.S. intelligence agent. It mentioned his backpack contained $120,000 in money, which may have been fee for intelligence-related actions, or earnings from his on line casino companies.
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South Korean and U.S. officers have mentioned the North Korean authorities had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been crucial of his household’s dynastic rule. Pyongyang has denied the allegation.
Two girls have been charged with poisoning Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Malaysia launched Doan Thi Huong, who’s Vietnamese, in Might, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah in March.
Based on the Journal, the particular person mentioned Kim Jong Nam had traveled to Malaysia in February 2017 to fulfill his CIA contact, though that will not have been the only objective of the journey.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore final June, seeming to construct private goodwill however failing to agree on a deal to raise U.S. sanctions in trade for North Korea abandoning its nuclear and missile applications.
*with information from the Related Press