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When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un studied at a boarding school in Switzerland, his maternal aunt, Ko Yong-suk, was charged with looking after him in the foreign locale for several years.
Then, 15 years ago, Ko vanished.
The JoongAng Ilbo has learned that Ko, 55, sought political asylum in the United States in 1998. She is receiving protection from U.S. authorities, according to a source who was a high-level official in the National Intelligence Service at the time, which was during the Kim Dae-jung administration.
Both Ko and her husband had cosmetic surgery to conceal their identities, the source said.
When Kim Jong-un attended the prestigious International School of Berne from 1996-01, his aunt looked after him for two of those years.
They are living in the U.S. with special safeguarding by the Central Intelligence Agency’s witness protection program, he said.
The diplomatic source also confirmed to the JoongAng Ilbo that the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland did not tell Korean officials right away about Ko seeking asylum in the U.S., and that it was only toward the end of May 1998 that they were informed.
Responsible for watching Kim Jong-un for 2 years during his studies at the International School of Berne in Switzerland, Ko Yong-suk sought political asylum from the United States at the embassy in Geneva. After both her and her husband’s identities were confirmed, they were granted political asylum.
Ko has been living in the United States since 1998. Knowing so many secrets of ongoing internal issues in North Korea, Ko and her husband felt that they needed to escape, and start a new life. Undergoing multiple plastic surgeries, and given new identities, Ko and her husband have been living under protection from the Central Intelligence Agency in the U.S, after going through an in-depth questioning by the government years ago.
On his first full day in office, President Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters to express his gratitude for the intelligence community, which he had repeatedly railed against and recently likened to Nazis.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea as an envoy for President Trump to meet with Kim Jong Un, and plans for a possible summit between the two leaders are underway, Trump confirmed Wednesday.
The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump’s most trusted emissaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The clandestine mission came late last month, soon after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state. The Pompeo mission was first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post, citing two people with direct knowledge of the trip.
North Korea on Friday said it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday.
The country says it’s making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy.
Thank you Kim.
We took control.
Anonymous ID: grTMpzrL No.147452214 📁
Nov 1 2017 01:13:10 (EST)
Some things must remain classified to the very end. NK is not being run by Kim, he’s an actor in the play. Who is the director? The truth would sound so outrageous most Americans would riot, revolt, reject, etc.
The pedo networks are being dismantled.
The child abductions for satanic rituals (ie Haiti and other 3rd world countries) are paused (not terminated until players in custody).
We pray every single day for God’s guidance and direction as we are truly up against pure evil.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
originally posted by: notsure1
since all the lefties have been saying the CIA runs all the drugs and gun cartels and Mexico
They have been, but whats that got to do with North Korea? NK isnt a narco state.
originally posted by: SecretsoftheBlueApples
Huh...funny, I must've dreamt all my time in Korea wargaming with the CIA, Seals, and SF....glad some douche canoe behind a keyboard could clear things up...
a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
a reply to: 3n19m470
Here's the thing, we hear about how soldiers starve, worms etc, the sheer depravity of living in the nth Korea, however have you ever met anyone who's been there, know anyone who lives there, do you have you ever had any anecdotal experience to base a judgement on ?
Media is great at forming unrealistic perspectives, works especially well for those that cannot draw real life experience to compare to the "news" ... Very little adds up with the nth Korea saga.