WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was a secret CIA informant who “met on several occasions with agency operatives,” according to a report Monday in The Wall Street Journal.
- Kim Jong Nam was once considered the favorite to succeed his father, the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, as the eldest son.
- In February 2017, two women poisoned Kim Jong-Nam by smearing his face with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport.
Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was a CIA informant before he was murdered in Malaysia in 2017, according to a report Monday.
The Wall Street Journal cited an unidentified “person knowledgeable about the matter” that “there was a nexus” between the agency and Kim Jong-Nam. The WSJ added that many details of his affiliation with the CIA are still unclear.
Kim Jong-Nam went to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet his CIA contact, among other things, according to the Journal’s source. However, Kim’s brother was assassinated by two women, who said they thought they were taking part in a prank for a TV show.
As the eldest son, Kim Jong-Nam was once favored to succeed his father, the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, as a leader but eventually fell out of favor.
“Several former US 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 newspaper said.
The officials told the Wall Street Journal Kim Jong-Nam had almost surely been in contact with the security services of other nations, including China.
In February 2017, Kim Jong-Nam was poisoned by two women who smeared his face with liquid VX, an illegal chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport. The two women were charged and detained in Malaysia but Indonesian Siti Aisyah was released in March while and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong was released in May.
Source: The Guardian