The US Corporate Media was trumpeting headlines this morning over North Korea's announcement that it had arrested a Korean-American Kim Hak Song on charges of 'Acts of Hostility Against the State.' Parroting the scripts fed to them by Wall Street, fake news outlets like NBC howled about "North Korea's Hostage Diplomacy!". But maybe there's a little more to this story than we're being told.
On Friday, for example, the North Korean media had another story. This was covered by the Asian media and mentioned in passing by AFP:
"North Korea on Friday accused the CIA and South Korean Intelligence of conspiring to assassinate the country's president Kim Jong Un with a biochemical weapon. In a statement, the Ministry of State Security stated that it had foiled a 'vicious plot' by a 'hideous terrorist group to attack the DPRK's supreme leadership...The statement, carried on KCNA, said that the CIA and South Korean operatives had suborned, bribed, and blackmailed a North Korean citizen identified only as Kim to carry out the attack."
It should be noted here that Kim Hak Song had dual North Korean and US citizenship; as did Kim Sang Dok, another American arrested in the DPRK in April.
"The CIA told its agent Kim that it had access to radioactive and nano-poisons, the lethal results of which would appear in six to eight months," the statement continued. "The agent Kim, described as 'human scum,' received payments totaling around $740,000 and was given satellite transceivers and other equipment."
Thus it appears that once again the Corporate Media wasn't telling the whole story. And before anyone dismisses KCNA as 'propaganda' consider that our own Corporate Media was bragging less than two months ago about doing this very thing. It's not the first time that our media has lied about Americans detained in North Korea. During the Obama Administration, a Virginia man named Otto Wembler went berserk and entered a Restricted Area, vandalizing government property and screaming obscenities in front of North Korean officials. The Corporate Media ever since has portrayed Wembler as an innocent college student who stole a poster---never mentioning that Wembler had visited the DPRK twice before, spoke Korean, and was well-versed in that country's laws.
But more to the point, it seems that Rex Tillerson and his servile Deep-State toady, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, ought to be in front of a Congressional panel explaining whether these North Korean allegations are true. If the Trump Administration is serious about working with China for a peaceful solution to the tensions in Korea, then rogue agencies need to be investigated and reined in. Tillerson and Pompeo need to decide quickly whose side they are really on: America's or Wall Street's.