Kim's murdered half-brother 'was a CIA informant'

World | REUTERS Jun 12, 2019
<p>Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been an informant for the US Central Intelligence Agency, the Wall Street Journal reported.</p><p>The Journal cited an unnamed &quot;person knowledgeable about the matter&quot; for the report, and said many details of Kim Jong Nam&#39;s relationship with the CIA remained unclear.</p><p>The Journal quoted the person as saying &quot;there was a nexus&quot; between the CIA and Kim.</p><p>&quot;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&#39;s inner workings,&quot; the Journal said. The former officials also said Kim Jong Nam had been almost certainly in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China&#39;s.</p><p>Kim Jong Nam&#39;s role as a CIA informant is mentioned in a new book about Kim Jong Un, The Great Successor, by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield.</p><p>Fifield says Kim Jong Nam usually met his handlers in Singapore and Malaysia.</p><p>The book says that 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 intelligence agent. It said Kim&#39;s backpack contained US$120,000 (HK$936,000) in cash, which could have been payment for intelligence-related activities, or earnings from his casino businesses.</p><p>South Korean and US officials have said the North Korean authorities had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his family&#39;s dynastic rule.</p><p>Two women were charged with poisoning him at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Malaysia released them this year.</p>

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