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Kim Jong-un assassination rumours flood Twitter, Weibo (Unconfirmed)
National Post ^ | 02/10/2012 | Lucas Shaw

Posted on 02/10/2012 11:48:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Did social media just prematurely kill off the leader of North Korea?

Rumours that Kim Jong-un, the country’s supreme leader, has been assassinated just months after he took power originated on Chinese microblogging service Weibo and have now spread all over Twitter.

Others are reporting that Jong-un may be on the run rather than dead, but that some kind of coup is taking place.

The rumours remain unsubstantiated, and as Adrian Chen at Gawker wrote, these types of reports crop up often given the furtive nature of North Korea’s government.

However, the reports are beginning to gather steam, especially now that a couple of American news outlets have reported on the rumors.

Weibo is in many ways the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, and disseminates news at a rapid pace. People were tipped off that there was something happening that involved Jong-Un, who succeeded his later father Kim Jong-Il, because of the mass of cars parked outside of his resident.

One person on Weibo wrote (poor translation), ”confirmed reports, the top leaders in # Korea # # jinzhengen was assassinated # . Reportedly occurred at 2:45 on the 10th, gold and three fat was assassinated in their own villa, the Korean Embassy in Beijing has brought together more than 30 cars, the scale of more than Kim Jong-il’s death the situation.”

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assassination; kimjongun

1 posted on 02/10/2012 11:48:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: TigerLikesRooster

What do you hear?


2 posted on 02/10/2012 11:50:54 AM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL...


3 posted on 02/10/2012 11:51:15 AM PST by Frenetic74 (Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. - Mark Twain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Either way the psy ops is effective.


4 posted on 02/10/2012 11:54:52 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: windcliff

ping....


5 posted on 02/10/2012 11:56:10 AM PST by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like China finally had enough.


6 posted on 02/10/2012 11:57:26 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Reportedly occurred at 2:45 on the 10th, gold and three fat was assassinated in their own villa,”

I take it that he was killed for being fat and rich?

Understandable in a country where the common people are eating tree bark to survive.

7 posted on 02/10/2012 12:01:59 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SeekAndFind

For some reason, I just can’t picture Kim “Pork Chop” Jong-un as being “on the run”. I don’t think that boy can move that fast.


8 posted on 02/10/2012 12:02:32 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (So just where does the "buck stop" at the Department of "Justice"?)
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To: dfwgator

Who will bring fish to the people now?


9 posted on 02/10/2012 12:03:44 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: SeekAndFind
Gold and Three Fat

Wasn't that a Nork remark of one of the James Bond movies?

10 posted on 02/10/2012 12:05:10 PM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: SeekAndFind

If true,could be good, could be bad. Either way, to bad the news is not about someone else on a Chinese Campaign Fund raiser.


11 posted on 02/10/2012 12:07:26 PM PST by Jukeman (God help us for we are deep in trouble.)
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To: dynachrome

Now on Reuter’s..


12 posted on 02/10/2012 12:07:30 PM PST by Arkady Orinko ("Hell is other people" - Jean-Paul Sartre)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo

*PING* to two of my favorite FReepers, you guys hearing anything of interest about Kim Jong Un becoming “un-alive”? ;)


13 posted on 02/10/2012 12:07:51 PM PST by mkjessup (Let's do to Mitt what his Irish Setter did to him while tied to the roof rack of his station wagon!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“that some kind of coup is taking place”

even if true, it is impossible, this soon, to determine if that is a good sign or not

neither extreme instability at the leadership level, or a very successful and complete coup automatically mean security benefits for South Korea

instability could cause those with sufficient control to produce a major incident with South Korea, as a nationalistic measure and means for consolidating control under the “national emergency”

or

those who produce a successful coup could have chosen to do so because they believed the leaders were NOT SUFFICIENTLY hardline toward’s the South

the U.S. and S, Korea simply need “all antennas” up, and wait and see

in the meantime, extra preparedness measures would be a prudent thing to do


14 posted on 02/10/2012 12:11:00 PM PST by Wuli (ui)
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To: Beagle8U
gold and three fat was assassinated in their own villa

According to Chinese president Hu Jintao, "Barzini is dead. So is Phillip Tattaglia. Moe Greene. Stracci. Cuneo. Today I settled all family business. "
15 posted on 02/10/2012 12:11:15 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Arkady Orinko

It’s either ‘good’ guys against ‘bad’ guys, or ‘bad’ guys against ‘bad’ guys. Either the ‘bad’ guy was ‘too bad’ or ‘not bad enough’.


16 posted on 02/10/2012 12:11:33 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

North Korea is very mountainous.

He can roll down hill with the best of them.


17 posted on 02/10/2012 12:12:09 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Covenantor

No, that was a porn-industry knockoff of Bond movie. Full title, “Gold and Three Fat Ho”


18 posted on 02/10/2012 12:13:14 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Relax, it's a joke! Don't get your magic knickers in a bunch!)
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To: mkjessup; TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo

ya did good...... very good. Straight to the horses mouth


19 posted on 02/10/2012 12:15:11 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: SeekAndFind

Either way, purges are coming.


20 posted on 02/10/2012 12:15:17 PM PST by mojito
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To: SeekAndFind

Kim Jong-un is probably the North Korean version of Fredo.


21 posted on 02/10/2012 12:15:48 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: SeekAndFind

If it’s a coup then the Army has to be in on it. Either actively or by consent. Only way a coup works is if you have the Army with you.


22 posted on 02/10/2012 12:18:54 PM PST by circlecity
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To: GonzoGOP

“Can you get me off the hook, for old time’s sake?”


23 posted on 02/10/2012 12:19:18 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Kim Jong-un is probably the North Korean version of Fredo.

He went fishing, and now he sleeps with the fishes.

24 posted on 02/10/2012 12:20:28 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

Ping for independent confirmation.


25 posted on 02/10/2012 12:23:18 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: circlecity

Time to get out my copy of “Dead Heat” by Joel Rosenberg....


26 posted on 02/10/2012 12:31:47 PM PST by Anti-Hillary (No Jesus, No Peace! Know Jesus, Know Peace!)
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To: SpaceBar
Nothing from http://twitter.com/w7voa yet.

And Forbes has the same rumor, not confirmed yet.

27 posted on 02/10/2012 12:32:16 PM PST by relee ('Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away)
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28 posted on 02/10/2012 12:34:25 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: dfwgator

And for news on a more serious note: The long legged mac daddy is still occupying the white house...

Don’t call me racist....I cant stand his white half either!


29 posted on 02/10/2012 12:39:36 PM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: SeekAndFind

Hussein and Hildabeast will be among the first to send their condolences for their commie comrade.


30 posted on 02/10/2012 12:48:13 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: mkjessup; TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; All

I just hear what going on in NK

Did they finally go Kill Bill on the dude


31 posted on 02/10/2012 1:42:01 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: bert
ya did good...... very good. Straight to the horses mouth

Well you're on of my favorite FReepers too Bert, just sayin' ;)

Have a good weekend! I'm going to be listening to the short wave to see what I pick up 'over there', if anything.
32 posted on 02/10/2012 1:59:15 PM PST by mkjessup (Let's do to Mitt what his Irish Setter did to him while tied to the roof rack of his station wagon!)
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To: Wuli

My thoughts paralleled yours - would it get better or worse if the figurehead was removed...I don’t know if anyone nhas sufficient inside dope to make a good guess.


33 posted on 02/10/2012 2:08:13 PM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: mkjessup; dynachrome

So far nothing on SK media.


34 posted on 02/10/2012 5:29:01 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
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Just checking.
35 posted on 02/10/2012 5:31:00 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: HOYA97

ping for later


36 posted on 02/10/2012 5:32:19 PM PST by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

thanks. I hadn’t realized you got pinged to about 3 other threads on this. Looks to be a false alarm


37 posted on 02/10/2012 5:40:31 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: trebb

We had better intelligence on the Soviet Union than we have ever had on North Korea.


38 posted on 02/12/2012 3:37:37 PM PST by Wuli (ui)
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To: SeekAndFind

And so it begins...............................

Kim whacked
Athens burns
Houston dead


39 posted on 02/12/2012 3:54:53 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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