Tuesday 25 June 2019

Assassinated brother of Kim was 'CIA informer'

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

Nicola Smith

The half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un was an informant for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before he was assassinated in Malaysia, it has been claimed.

The report of a "nexus" between the CIA and Kim Jong-nam (45) surfaced in the 'Wall Street Journal' on Monday, citing an unnamed "person knowledgeable about the matter".

However, the claim was first reported last week in 'The Times', based on a new book by Anna Fifield, a 'Washington Post' journalist, which alleges that Mr Kim's half-brother was not only a "CIA informant" but that he laundered counterfeit money through casinos and associated with gangsters.

He was murdered in February 2017 when he was smeared with lethal VX agent by two women who thought they were taking part in a reality TV prank show at Kuala Lumpur airport.

The US and South Korea have accused North Korea of orchestrating the audacious assassination. Pyongyang denies the accusation.

Kim Jong-nam, who lived in exile in Macau before he died, was reportedly viewed as a threat to the rule of his younger brother. The 'Wall Street Journal' source said Mr Kim had travelled to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet his CIA contact, although this may not have been the sole reason for the trip.

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