Friday, 22 March, 2019

Central Intelligence Agency linked to attack on N.Korea embassy

A woman walks past North Korea's embassy in Madrid Spain Thursday Feb. 28 2019. Spanish authorities said police were investigating an incident last week at the North Korean Embassy in Madrid in which a woman was hurt and according to a North Korean 'CIA link' to brazen raid on North Korean embassy in Spain on eve of Vietnam summit
Jeannette Daniel | 15 March, 2019, 19:20

The CIA had its hand in the raid on the North Korean embassy in Spain, local media report citing investigation sources.

Both El País and El Confidencial report that the Spanish authorities suspect United States intelligence agencies and their allies could have been involved in the attack.

Officers arrived at the scene but when they tried to enter the embassy a man opened the door to them and told them that there was nothing going on. The assailants knew what they were looking for, taking only computers and mobile phones.

The attackers had bound the staff, placing bags over their heads and beating them as they searched for files.

Kim Hyok Chol, who was declared persona non grata by Spain and was invited to leave the country before the end of the month, is now one of Kim Jong-un's highly trusted diplomats, and one of the architects of the failed nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jon-un in Vietnam.

"The operation was perfectly planned as if it were carried out by a military cell", they said.

Victims of the alleged assault have reportedly told investigators the attackers spoke in Korean, and could have been from South Korea.

A major Spanish newspaper says investigators in the country have linked an attack on the North Korean embassy in Madrid on February 22 to the US Central Intelligence Agency.

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Why would anyone attack the embassy?

Spanish authorities said police were investigating an incident last week at the North Korean Embassy in Madrid in which a woman was hurt and, according to a North Korean government's aide, computers and cellphones also were stolen.

It suggested the intruders could have been looking for information relating to Kim's top negotiator, Kim Hyok Chol, who served as ambassador to Spain before being expelled in September 2017.

Kim is one of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's most trusted officials.

Police were alerted to an incident at the mission when a woman, one of the eight members of embassy staff on duty at the time, began shouting in the street outside.

If there is however a proven link with intelligence services, it could cause uproar both in North Korea and internationally.

The nation's High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, will hear the investigation and could order the arrest of any identified assailants. Sources in the Spanish government believe that if the CIA's involvement in the attack is confirmed, it will be regarded as "unacceptable" actions by the ally.

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