Poi­soned Kim brother ‘CIA in­for­mant’

The West Australian - - WORLD -

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.

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