Kim’s half-brother was CIA mole

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

KIM Jong-nam, the half­brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un killed in Malaysia in 2017, was an in­for­mant for the CIA, The Wall Street Jour­nal says.

Cit­ing an un­named “per­son knowl­edge­able about the mat­ter”, the pa­per said on Mon­day many de­tails of Kim Jong­nam’s re­la­tion­ship with the CIA re­main un­clear. The US Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency has de­clined to com­ment.

The Jour­nal quoted the per­son as say­ing there was “a nexus” between the CIA and Kim Jong-nam.

“Sev­eral for­mer US of­fi­cials said the half-brother, who had lived out­side of North Korea for many years and had no known power­base in Py­ongyang, was un­likely to be able to pro­vide de­tails of the se­cre­tive coun­try’s inner work­ings,” it said.

His role as a CIA in­for­mant is mentioned in a new book about North Korea’s leader, The Great Suc­ces­sor, by Anna Fi­field.

Ms Fi­field says Kim Jong­nam usu­ally met his han­dlers in Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia. The book says se­cu­rity cam­era footage from his last trip to Malaysia showed him in a ho­tel el­e­va­tor with a man who was re­ported to be a US agent.

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