Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been a CIA informant, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The newspaper quoted an anonymous "expert on the matter" for the report, and said that many details of Kim Jong-nam's relationship with the CIA remained unclear. He quoted the source as saying "it was a connection" between the CIA and Kim Jong-nam.
According to the newspaper's source, Kim Jong-nam went to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet her contact with the CIA, although this may not have been the sole purpose of the trip.
Two women were accused of poisoning Kim Jong-nam by rubbing the face with the liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon at Kuala Lumpur Airport in February 2017. Malaysia released Aisyah and Indian Sites in March. Doan Thi Huong, Vietnamese, in May.
Reuters could not independently confirm the newspaper's statement, but Anna Fifield, the head of the Washington Post office in Beijing, refers to it in her book The Great Successor. "King Jong-nam became an informant for the CIA … His brother would have thought to speak to the American spies of a treacherous act. But King Jong-nam provided them with information, usually meeting his managers in Singapore or in Malaysia ", he wrote.
The Wall Street Journal said: "Several former US officials have said that the half-brother, who lived outside North Korea for many years and knew no power base in Pyongyang, was unlikely to be able to provide details on the mechanisms interior of the secret country. ".
Former officials also said that Kim Jong-nam was almost certainly in contact with security services from other countries, particularly China, the newspaper said.
South Korean and US officials said the North Korean authorities ordered the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, who had been critical of the dynastic rule of his family. Pyongyang denied the accusation.
US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore in June last year, seeming to build personal goodwill but failing to reach an agreement to lift US sanctions in exchange of North Korea that abandons nuclear and missile programs.
The CIA declined to comment.
Reuters contributed to this story
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