Inside an assassination
In GQ, Doug Bock Clark tells the true spy thriller of how “two women had the most audacious task. Killing the brother of the North Korean leader. Right out in the open, using deadly chemical weapons in an international airport.” Read “The Untold Story of Kim Jong Nam’s Assassination” in full at http://bit.ly/2x0TUc2. Here’s an excerpt.
As Jong Nam sauntered toward the closest AirAsia self-check-in kiosk at 8:59 a.m. on Feb. 13, an Indonesian woman in stylishly torn jeans and a gray sleeveless top slipped out from behind a pillar. She covered his eyes as if playing peekaboo and then wiped her hands over his mouth, leaving an oily smear.
“Who are you?” Jong Nam demanded.
“Sorry! Sorry!” she answered before disappearing into the crowd.
A second later, a Vietnamese woman wearing a white jumper emblazoned with LOL threw her arms over his shoulders and rubbed her hands across his face. She apologized, too, before hurrying in the opposite direction of the Indonesian woman.
Already, the liquid that the women had applied was seeping into Jong Nam, rapidly jamming his muscles’ receptors in the “on” position, causing his muscles to constantly contract as if struck by endless cramps. The liquid was VX, a chemical weapon that the CDC calls the “most potent of all nerve agents” and that the United Nations classifies as a weapon of mass destruction. He absorbed a lethal dose, which could have been as small as a drop.
Jong Nam started toward the bathroom — and then lost his only chance to wash off the poison and survive when he rerouted to a nearby information desk. There, he moaned in English, “Very painful,
very painful, I was sprayed liquid.”