Kim Jong Nam could not resist Facebook, may have given himself away

A photo purportedly showing Kim Jong Nam in front of the Pudong skyline as seen on the Facebook page of a user called Kim Chol.
A photo purportedly showing Kim Jong Nam in front of the Pudong skyline as seen on the Facebook page of a user called Kim Chol. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/KIM CHOL

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Facebook page belonging to Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been found and this may have led to his death, an independent news site reported.

Mr Kim Jong Nam, who was murdered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Monday (Feb 13), was travelling using a passport identifying him as one "Kim Chol," according to Malaysian police.

NK News, which focuses on North Korean news, reported that a Facebook account belonging to a "Kim Chol" contained past pictures of Jong Nam in Macau, China.

It quoted an unnamed source familiar with Kim Jong Nam's online activities as confirming that the profile did indeed belong to him.

While the account could not be found through Facebook's search function, NK News shared a screenshot of the page depicting several photographs of Mr Kim Jong Nam in Macau, where he reportedly lived in self-exile and was believed to be headed to when he was killed.

NK News reported that Mr Kim Jong Nam's activities on his Facebook page seemed to indicate that he was not trying to hide himself from public view, and could not stay away from social media even when he was haunted and hunted.

It also quoted former intelligence secretary to South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, Mr Cha Du Hyeogn, as saying that Mr Kim Jong Nam was known to have used commercial e-mail addresses to communicate.

"Open activities like these do not look like they are coming from a person who is constantly under the death threats," he said.

"I think it is possible that Kim (Jong Nam) was careless, leading to his unsuspecting death," Mr Cha told the news site, which credits itself as a reliable source of information on North Korea.


In one Facebook photo posted in October 2008, Mr Kim Jong Nam is seen standing on a yacht with an unknown Caucasian man. On March 4, 2013, he commented on this post, saying "I miss Europe!"

"Nice place!" Mr Kim Jong Nam said of another photo uploaded in 2010, in which he is standing in front of the five-star hotel, Wynn Macau.

The profile picture on the Kim Chol account is not of Mr Kim Jong Nam but that of a squirrel, with his most recent visible activity being on November 2015, when he temporarily set his profile picture to the French flag filter in solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks.

Other information available on his profile page includes his education background, which states that he studied at the International School of Geneva and at the Lycée français de Moscou (Alexandre Dumas French School in Moscow).

Mr Kim Jong Nam was previously reported to have spent the most part of his youth at these two schools.