Last updated on August 17, 2019
Anundisclosed reporter has recently informed news outlets that Kim Jong-Nam, killed in 2017 at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport, was in contact with CIA operatives. Kim was the half-brother of the current North Korean dictator.
The reveal, if true, may play a role in determining why North Korea was so adamant on covering up his assassination- and why they handed him a death sentence, to begin with.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the reporter, albeit unnamed, was “knowledgeable about the matter” and that the nature of Kim Jong-Nam’s relationship with the US spy agency was uncertain.
The news agency remains unable to confirm the story. However, the role of the late heir-apparent to the North Korean throne is detailed extensively in a new book about King Jong-Un, entitled The Great Successor. The book, written by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield, is set to be published this Tuesday.
Everyone related to Kim Jong Nam has gone to ground since his assassination. Understandably so. The men in this family in particular have reason to fear what might happen to them. The Kim family claims legitimacy in part on its supposed “Paektu bloodline” — the idea that the family descended from the mountain that is the mythical home of the Korean people. Therefore anyone — or rather, in North Korean hierarchy, any man — from this family could theoretically claim the right to the throne and be a threat to Kim Jong Un.
The Wall Street Journal adds that Kim’s trip to Malaysia in February of 2017 was for him to meet a CIA contact, possibly along with other unconfirmed activities with US intelligence personnel.
With claims from sources of intelligence, Field states that Kim Jong-Nam would meet handlers in regions of Southeast Asia, namely Singapore and Malaysia. It then adds that footage of some of Kim’s last living moments show him in a hotel lift with a man reported to be a US intelligence agent. On him was a backpack containing $120,000, all in cash. Many speculate that this money was payment for either CIA-related activities or his own personal casino business.
Kim met his untimely death at the hands of Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Hunong and Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah. Upon locating Kim, the two perpetrators smeared VX nerve toxin on his face. The two women, despite protests of having been tricked, were soon linked to a North Korean agenda soon after the tragic encounter.
To this day, North Korean officials deny any involvement in Kim Jong-Nam’s murder.
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