South Korea | Kim Jong-pil: Spymaster, kingmaker, exile, last of ‘3 Kims’ passes

Kim Jong-pil: Spymaster, kingmaker, exile, last of ‘3 Kims’ passes

A former lieutenant-colonel who served in intelligence during the war, Kim crafted the Korea Central Intelligence Agency, which became one of the most powerful and feared agencies in East Asia; a two-time PM, he played a wide-ranging role in politics

June 24, 2018 5:02 PM (UTC+8)
A portrait of Kim Jong-pil, founder of South Korea's once-infamous spy agency, is seen on a mourning altar at a hospital in Seoul on June 23, 2018. Aged 92, Kim was a top figure in conservative politics and one of the country's most influential politicians in the 1980s and 90s. Photo: AFP/ Yonhap
A portrait of Kim Jong-pil, founder of South Korea's once-infamous spy agency, is seen on a mourning altar at a hospital in Seoul on June 23, 2018. Aged 92, Kim was a top figure in conservative politics and one of the country's most influential politicians in the 1980s and 90s. Photo: AFP/ Yonhap
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