Poisoned Kim brother ‘CIA informant’
Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother 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 source, the newspaper said many details of Kim Jong Nam’s relationship with the CIA remained unclear. The US Central Intelligence Agency has declined to comment.
The WSJ quoted the person as saying the 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 power base in Pyongyang, was unlikely to be able to provide details of the secretive country’s inner workings,” it said.
The former officials also said Kim Jong Nam had been almost certainly in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China’s.
Kim Jong Nam’s role as a CIA informant is mentioned in a book about Kim Jong Un, The Great Successor, by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield. It is due to be published this week.
Fifield says Kim Jong Nam usually met his handlers in Singapore and Malaysia.
The book says security camera footage from Kim Jong Nam’s last trip to Malaysia showed him in a hotel lift with a man reported to be a US intelligence agent.
Two women were charged with poisoning him by smearing his face with liquid VX, a chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. They were released from jail this year.