Kim Jong nam was a Central Intelligence Agency operative

North Korean leader's slain half-brother was a CIA informant Wall Street Journal

Kim Jong Nam-the assassinated half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un-was a CIA source who also probably worked with Chinese intelligence services, say former US officials with knowledge of the matter.

Some defectors reported incidents in the mid-2010s where guards used metal detectors to find and confiscate mobile phones from witnesses to prevent them from recording the events, which showed the government's concern about the information on public executions getting outside the country, the report said.

Two women were charged with poisoning Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. US and South Korean officials have blamed the attack on North Korea, which it denies.

The newspaper cited an unnamed "person knowledgeable about the matter" for the report.

US officials told the newspaper that it was highly unlikely that Kim knew any top secrets or details about the inner workings within the North Korean regime.

Little else is known about what Kim Jong Un's older brother told the feds; however, the report did state he "was nearly certainly in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China's".

For example, a disproportionate number of the respondents come from northern provinces with the greatest access to the Chinese border for people trying to defect. "But Kim Jong Nam provided information to them, usually meeting his handlers in Singapore or Malaysia". He had been living overseas for years but could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong Un's rule.

Although a link between Kim Jong Nam and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has been previously rumored, the Journal and the new book offer more concrete evidence and specificity.

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South Korea has accused the North of ordering the hit, which Pyongyang denies.

Washington Post correspondent Anna Fifield, in a book published Tuesday, makes a similar assertion, citing "someone with knowledge of the intelligence who spoke on condition of anonymity".

Kim Jong Nam was killed on February 13, 2017, when two young women smeared VX nerve agent on his face at a Kuala Lumpur International Airport terminal.

The book says that security camera footage from Kim's last trip to Malaysia showed him in a hotel lift with an Asian-looking man who was reported to be a United States intelligence agent.

Murder charges were dropped against the women earlier this year.

In his final years, Kim Jong Nam reportedly lived a playboy lifestyle and developed a passion for gambling that was fueled by the many casinos in his adopted home of Macau, known as "Asia's Las Vegas".

Kim Jong-nam was Kim Jong-il's eldest son, and for a while it appeared he was being groomed to succeed him.

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