Sources: Kim Jong Nam was a CIA informant

Sources: Kim Jong Nam was a CIA informant

WASHINGTON: Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who was murdered in Malaysia in 2017, was an informant for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), said a report on The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).  

Citing an unnamed ‘person knowledgeable about the matter’, the report alluded that there was a nexus between the CIA and Jong Nam.

However, Reuters could not independently confirm the story and the CIA has refused to comment on the matter.

“Several former US officials said that Jong Nam, who had lived outside of North Korea for many years and has no real power base in Pyongyang, unlikely to be able to provide details of the secretive country’s inner workings,” it said.

The former officials also said Jong Nam had been in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China, quoting WSJ.

South Korean and US officials have claimed that the North Korean authorities had ordered the assassination of Jong Nam, who was critical of his family’s dynastic rule. Pyongyang has denied the allegation.

Two women were charged with poisoning Jong Nam by smearing his face with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at KLIA2 in February 2017.

Malaysia had released Doan Thi Huong, who is Vietnamese, in May, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah in March.

According to WSJ, the person said Jong Nam had travelled to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet his CIA contact, although that may not have been the sole purpose of the trip.

Reuters

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