Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s assassinated half-brother, was reportedly an informant to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and had met with US officials multiple times.
According to an anonymous source, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, “there was a nexus” between the CIA and Kim Jong Nam. However, the details of Kim Jong Nam’s relationship with the CIA are unknown.
The North Korean leader’s half-brother had been exiled and living on-and-off in the Chinese enclave of Macau when he began making contact with the CIA and other security services across the world, according to the Journal’s source.
Kim Jong Nam’s alleged link to the CIA will also be discussed in the “The Great Successor,” a book written by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield, scheduled to be published June 11.
In May 2017, the CIA established a North Korea Mission Center “to more purposefully integrate and direct CIA efforts against the serious threats to the United States and its allies emanating from North Korea,” then CIA Director Mike Pompeo said at the time. “It also reflects the dynamism and agility that CIA brings to evolving national security challenges.”
The North Korean leader’s half brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in February 2017 when two women smeared the nerve agent VX on his face.
A Vietnamese woman named Doan Thi Huong and an Indonesian woman named Siti Aisyah were both charged with Kim Jong Nam’s murder. In April, Doan pleaded guilty to “voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means” and was released from prison in May.
The court dropped the charges against Siti in March. Both women claimed that they believed they were a part of a prank for a reality TV show when they attacked Kim Jong Nam.