Uh-oh. Looks like Bowl Cut Jr. just assassinated his half-brother

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Published by: Robert Laurie on Tuesday February 14th, 2017

Erratic escalation?

In an attack that sounds like something out of a Bond movie, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been assassinated in Malaysia.  The method?  Two female killers carrying either poison needles or a mysterious spray aerosol.

Sky News has the story:

Kim Jong-Nam is believed to have been murdered by two female Pyongyang agents at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, according to a report by TV Chosun, citing Seoul government sources.

The women used poisoned needles to kill him and immediately fled the scene in a taxi, according to the South Korean broadcaster.

But a Malaysian official claimed he had been sprayed with a liquid in a shopping area and, complaining of pain, he tried to get help at an information counter before being taken to the airport clinic.

Regardless of the weapon, U.S. intelligence is pretty sure that Bowl Cut Jr. was the perpetrator of this crime. ...And they aren't being particularly shy about saying so.

Kim Jong-Nam had been living in exile in Macau, Singapore and China since he allegedly tried to visit visited Tokyo Disney in 2001. This is at least the second attempt on his life.  The reason?  Despite his outspoken opposition to North Korea's oppressive regime, he was probably Kim Jong-Il's oldest son - making him the true heir to the North Korean throne.  

Kim Jong-Nam is the son of Song Hye-Rim, a South Korean-born actress who is believed to have been a mistress of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.

He was a known advocate of reform in North Korea and was vocal about his opposition to the nation's dynastic succession policy.

Understood to be Kim Jong-Il's heir apparent as his eldest son, he was overlooked for the succession after a botched attempt to enter Japan in May 2001 on a false Dominican Republic passport.

All things considered, it could have been worse. Kim Jong-Un is often said to be a sadistic monster, and his propensity for creative, painful, and brutal executions makes a quick dart to the neck seem downright generous.

The bigger story here is that, as intelligence officials have been warning, Kim Jon-Un's behavior appears to be becoming increasingly erratic...

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