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".
Preventing the CIA from being able to recruit sources like Kim's late half-brother or highly placed North Koreans would deny the agency valuable insights into its leadership and threats to regional and US security.
The half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who was assassinated at an airport in Malaysia in 2017, was an informant for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, according to a news report.
South Korea and Washington have said that the North Korean government ordered the assassination of Jong-nam, who had been critical of his family's rule. A new book attempts to pull back the curtain of opacity as it examines the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, who took over from his dictator father when his older brother fell out of favor.
A man believed to be Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, looks at a battery of photographers as he exits a police van to board a plane to Beijing at Narita global airport in Narita, Japan, May 4, 2001. The half brother was estranged from the Kim family after he was caught trying to travel to Japan with false passports in 2001. The CIA declined to comment.More news: Lasith Malinga to leave the team after Bangladesh match
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Fifield says in her book that Kim Jong Nam met with intelligence agents in Singapore and Malaysia. While North Korea has denied any involvement, USA and South Korean officials say the highly secretive country was responsible. Nick Schifrin talks to The Washington Post's Anna Fifield, author of "The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un".
Police testified during the trial of the two women that Kim Jong-nam had spent several days on the resort island of Langkawi, where he met an unknown Korean-American man at a hotel. The U.S. and South Korea also have blamed North Korea, but Malaysian officials never officially accused Pyongyang of involvement. Reports said he was providing intelligence to several other countries.
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".
Murder charges were dropped against the women earlier this year. Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese woman, was released in May.