Jefferson Morley | March 13, 2019
Authorities Implicate CIA in Attack on North Korean Embassy in Madrid
The story from El Pais, the leading newspaper of Spain, suggests U.S. intelligence might have had a hand in the Feb. 22 invasion of North Korea’s embassy in Madrid.
At least two of the 10 assailants who broke into the embassy and interrogated diplomatic staff have been identified and have connections to the US intelligence agency. The CIA has denied any involvement but government sources say their response was “unconvincing.”
The story is worth watching. Usually, the CIA does not deny allegations like this, relying on the “neither confirm nor deny” stance. A denial means the agency takes the allegation seriously.
The government sources cited by El Pais are anonymous, so the allegation is not confirmable.
Investigators from the General Information Office (CGI) and CNI ruled out the idea that the attack was the work of common criminals. The operation was perfectly planned as if it were carried out by a “military cell,” said sources close to the investigation. The assailants knew what they were looking for, taking only computers and mobile phones.
The sources said the goal of the attack on the North Korean embassy was to get information on Kim Hyok Chol, the former North Korean ambassador to Spain and one of Kim Jong-un’s highly trusted diplomats.