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US NewsFrom casino playboy to slain CIA informant: The rise and fall of Kim Jong Un’s half brother

08:55  13 june  2019
08:55  13 june  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Kim Jong Nam died in 2017 after being poisoned with a nerve agent at Malaysia' s Kuala Lumpur International Airport. (CNN) - The deceased half - brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong - un acted as an informant for the CIA , The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing one unnamed source.

Kim Jong -nam, the half - brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong - un , was a CIA informant before he was assassinated in Malaysia in 2017, a According to the Journal’ s source, Kim travelled to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet his CIA contact, although that may not have been the sole

From casino playboy to slain CIA informant: The rise and fall of Kim Jong Un’s half brother © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - This May 4, 2001, file photo shows Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan. South Korean agencies said Tuesday, June 11, 2019, they could not confirm a report that Kim Jong Nam was a U.S. intelligence source and had traveled to Malaysia to meet his CIA contact before being assassinated there in 2017. (AP Photos/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Before the half brother of Kim Jong Un was killed in a brazen nerve agent attack at a Malaysian airport in 2017, he was known as a playboy and a hustler — not a secret CIA informant.

Kim Jong Nam, the exiled firstborn son of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, lived among the gamblers and gangsters of the Chinese enclave of Macau.

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Kim Jong - un ’ s half - brother reported to the CIA multiple times before he was murdered in 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Kim Jong -nam, the deceased half - brother to the current leader of North Korea, met with the CIA “on several occasions” according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a

Kim Jong Nam, left, exiled half - brother of North Korea' s leader Kim Jong Un . AP. "He seemed to be short on money in his final years, so he had been supplying information about North Korea to the CIA ," said Anna Fifield, the Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post. Fifield has written a new book

Because he was the only high-profile member of the Kim dynasty living outside the territory and employment of the regime, Japanese and South Korean reporters would flock to him on sight. He was a bon vivant who enjoyed expensive watches, wine and cigars. On Facebook, he posted photos of himself outside various casinos and resorts. “Living Las Vegas in Asia,” he captioned one.

But behind the veneer of a high-rolling North Korean card shark was a man supplementing his income with a job as an informant to the CIA, said two people familiar with his activities. Kim Jong Nam provided information to the intelligence agency, often meeting his handlers in Singapore or Malaysia, the people said.

The revelation, detailed in the new book “The Great Successor” by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield, one of the authors of this article, prompted a reaction from President Trump, who when asked about the CIA’s relationship with Kim’s half brother said he couldn’t confirm or deny the account.

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Kim Jong Un ' s half - brother was working for the CIA before the North Korean leader had him assassinated in 2017 by female hit squad using A source told the Wall Street Journal that Kim Jong Un ' s half brother , Kim Jong Nam, had traveled to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet his CIA contact.

Kim Jong Nam' s role as a CIA informant is mentioned in a new book about Kim Jong Un , "The Great Successor," by Washington Post reporter It said Ki' s backpack contained 0,000 in cash, which could have been payment for intelligence -related activities, or earnings from his casino businesses.

“I know this: that the relationship is such that that wouldn’t happen under my auspices, but I don’t know about that. Nobody knows,” he told reporters Tuesday.

The CIA declined to comment.

From casino playboy to slain CIA informant: The rise and fall of Kim Jong Un’s half brother © Ahn Young-Joon/AP TV screens in a store in Seoul show images of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on Feb. 15, 2017. He had been killed two days earlier.

The secret relationship underscores the lengths to which the spy agency must go to uncover information about the world’s most-closed society, where even an estranged half brother may be able to offer coveted information.

“It’s very viable that he was a source,” Bruce Klingner, a former CIA deputy division chief for Korea, said in an interview Wednesday. “After Kim Jong Il died, the U.S. government had very little information on Kim Jong Un, so there would’ve been a scramble for information, and strong interest in talking to the half brother.”

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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 The Journal quoted the person as saying “There was a nexus” between the CIA and Kim Jong -nam. “Several former US officials said the half brother

Kim Jong -nam, half - brother of North Korean leader, 'was a CIA informant '. “ Kim Jong -nam provided information to them, usually meeting his handlers in Singapore or Malaysia,” Washington Post journalist Anna Fifield wrote in The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny for Brilliant

Kim Jong Nam is believed to have met with an American intelligence agent on a Malaysian island a few days before he was killed in Kuala Lumpur’s airport, according to a Malaysian official interviewed after the killing. The backpack he was wearing in the airport held $120,000 in cash, raising immediate suspicions of shadowy dealings.

“A wad of cash like that would seem reflective of an under-the-table relationship that is either of a criminal or intelligence nature,” said Klingner, who joked that a payment of that magnitude would show that the “CIA pays its assets better than its employees.”

What exactly Kim provided to U.S. officials, or to the South Korean and Chinese intelligence officials with whom he is also believed to have had relations, is unknown. But he is likely to have sought an additional source of income after the killing of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, a person familiar with his finances said. Jang, a senior North Korean official who was executed in 2013 as Kim Jong Un consolidated power, spoke frequently with Kim Jong Nam during his exile and heavily subsidized his life in the resort of Macau, the person said.

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WASHINGTON: Kim Jong Nam, the half - brother of NorthKoreanleader Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been an informant for the U. S . Central Intelligence Agency , the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Journal cited an unnamed "person knowledgeable about the matter"

(CNN) - The deceased half - brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong - un acted as an informant for the CIA , The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing one unnamed source. The Wall Street Journal reports that Kim Jong Nam

It is possible that the young leader’s quest for power and the execution of his uncle thrust Kim Jong Nam into the arms of foreign intelligence services as he tried to maintain his lifestyle. Klingner said intelligence officials probably would have asked Kim Jong Nam to interpret events inside North Korea. “When we have assets with information on a hard target like North Korea, we’ll try to get a sense of how they interpret recent actions,” he said, noting his recent discussion with a North Korean defector about the North Korean leader’s decision to launch short-range missiles.

Klingner noted that Kim Jong Nam did not seem to have a “political base in North Korea,” so it is unclear how much information he would have had, but any details about how the regime functions would have been valuable. “It’s useful to get a sense of how the regime gets information and how it interprets information,” he said.

But Kim would have been sharing information at substantial risk to his own safety, given that he was already viewed as a succession threat by Kim Jong Un because of his status as Kim Jong Il’s firstborn son.

In dealing with others, Kim Jong Nam sought to emphasize that he was contented living abroad, away from the temptations of power, where he had children with three women.

Kim's Slain Half Brother Was a CIA Informant

Kim's Slain Half Brother Was a CIA Informant Kim Jong Nam was killed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in February 2017, when two women smeared his face with the nerve agent VX. U.S. and South Korean officials have blamed the attack on North Korea, which it denies. Many details of Mr. Kim’s relationship with the CIA remain unclear. Several former U.S. 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. © Shin In-seop/Associated Press They also said Mr.

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 U. S . Central Intelligence Agency , the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Journal cited an unnamed “person knowledgeable about the matter” for the

Indonesian woman accused of killing kim jong un ' s half - brother released, charges dropped. Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son in the current generation of North Korea' s ruling family. He had been living abroad for years but could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong

“He was a bit concerned about what would happen to him” after his brother took over, said one of his business associates, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss Kim Jong Nam’s feelings. “He was happy living the life that he was living. He was happy that his children and wives and mistresses were not in North Korea.”

In the years before he died, the estrangement between the regime and Kim Jong Nam became more apparent. Anthony Sahakian, who went to school with him in Switzerland and kept in touch, said it appeared that Kim Jong Nam was working for a living and was not being subsidized by the Kim regime. On his last trip to Geneva, he stayed at an Airbnb rather than an upscale hotel.

In 2009, when Kim Jong Il became noticeably frailer, Kim Jong Nam dismissed the idea that he would succeed his father, telling a Japanese TV crew that was tailing him: “Would I be dressed like this if I was the successor?” He was wearing sweatpants at the time.

His view of the totalitarian state also grew more negative as he lived abroad. After his father chose Kim Jong Un as his successor, the overlooked older brother said he was opposed in principle to third-generation leadership but wished his brother good luck. “I hope my brother does his best to make the lives of North Koreans better,” he said, adding that he was happy to offer his help from abroad.

He grew even more critical of the regime in 2009, saying it was time for the country to “reform and open up” like China. His harshest condemnations came in 2012 after Kim Jong Un became leader. “I have my doubts about whether a person with only two years of grooming as a leader can govern,” Kim Jong Nam wrote to a Japanese reporter at the time.

The life of this jet-setting international playboy ended in airport security footage of him looking overwhelmingly ordinary as a balding 45-year-old man, with no entourage and waiting to check himself in at the counter of Air Asia, a discount airline.

As he stood there, two women approached him, wiped different chemicals on his face and mouth and ran off to wash their hands. The chemical agents combined to form the deadly nerve agent VX.

Less than 15 minutes later he was dead.

Investigators later found 12 vials of antidote for poisons, including VX, on him the day he was murdered. It remains unclear why he never took any.


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