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Jong-nam couldn’t resist FB, may have given himself away

PETALING JAYA: 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.

Jong-nam, who was murdered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Monday, 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 an FB account belonging to one “Kim Chol” contained past pictures of Jong-nam in Macau, China.

It quoted an unnamed source familiar with Jong-nam’s online activities as confirming that the profile did indeed belong to him.

NK News shared a screenshot of the page showing several photographs of Jong-nam in Macau, where he reportedly lived in self-exile and was believed to be headed to when he was killed.

The portal reported that Jong-nam’s activities on his Facebook page seemed to indicate that he was not trying to hide from public view, and could not stay away from social media even when he was haunted and hunted.

It also quoted Cha Du-hyeong, former intelligence secretary to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, as saying that 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.

“I think it is possible that Kim (Jong-nam) was careless, leading to his ... death,” 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, 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!” Jong-nam said of another photo uploaded in 2010, in which he is standing in front of the five-star Wynn Macau hotel.

The profile picture on the Kim Chol account is not of 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).

Jong-nam was previously reported to have spent the most part of his youth at these two schools.