WSJ Report: Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was a CIA informant
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The murder mystery over the death of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong Un, is turning into a spy thriller.
A spokesman from South Korea’s intelligence agency NIS on Tuesday neither confirmed nor denied a newspaper report that Kim Jong Nam was a CIA informant during his lifetime. His agency could not confirm “whether we have information about it,” he said.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Kim Jong Nam had met with US intelligence agents several times. “There was a connection,” the newspaper wrote, citing a person familiar with the matter.
This showed how far the CIA had gone to get information about the isolated country.
There had been speculation for some time about a CIA connection to Kim Jong Nam, who was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.
The South Korean Ministry of Unification did not confirm the report.
A Vietnamese and an Indonesian woman had poisoned Kim Jong Nam with a neurotoxin the airport in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Both women said they had been hired to press what they thought was baby oil in the face of a man for a television prank.
The 45-year-old’s death made headlines worldwide. Kim had lived outside his home country for many years.
There were strong suspicions North Korea’s secret service was behind the assassination. Experts believed it was possible that Kim Jong Un had still considered his half-brother a rival.
The Vietnamese woman, who was convicted of assault, was released from prison in May. All other suspects either escaped after the poisoning or were released without a trial.
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