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North Korea: Portrait of New Leader Takes Shape (More merciless and unpredictable than his father?)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/19/2011 | By ADAM ENTOUS and SIOBHAN GORMAN in Washington and JAEYEON WOO in Seoul

Posted on 12/19/2011 7:35:24 PM PST by SeekAndFind

North Korea's new leader is depicted in U.S. intelligence assessments as a volatile youth with a sadistic streak who may be even more unpredictable than his late father, according to U.S. officials.

U.S. intelligence officials say they have limited information about Kim Jong Eun, the youngest son of Kim Jong Il and his anointed successor. The U.S. has had few direct contacts on which to make a "conclusive assessment" of Kim Jong Eun's nature and character, a senior U.S. official said.

Some analysts say Kim Jong Eun's youth, inexperience and lack of public exposure raise questions about whether he can, or even will, run the country.

Kim Jong Il's sister, Kim Kyong Hui, and her husband, Jang Song Thaek, a close aide to Kim Jong Il, could act as regents for Kim Jong Eun to help him gain enough power within the Workers' Party as well as the military to run the regime, some analysts say.

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The portrait of Kim Jong Eun that emerges in his U.S. profile is that of a young man who, despite years of education in the West, is steeped in his father's cult of personality and may be even more mercurial and merciless, officials said.

A senior U.S. official said intelligence analysts believe, for instance, that Kim Jung Eun "tortured small animals" when he was a youth. "He has a violent streak and that's worrisome," a senior U.S. official said, summing up the U.S. assessments.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: kimjongeun; kimjongildead; northkorea

1 posted on 12/19/2011 7:35:28 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Merciless

... and unpredictable.

2 posted on 12/19/2011 7:38:11 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war. It's coming.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks as though he hasn’t missed any meals.


3 posted on 12/19/2011 7:38:15 PM PST by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: SeekAndFind
We have nothing to envy...
4 posted on 12/19/2011 7:38:42 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SeekAndFind

What did they expect him to be?

A normal, freedom-loving guy?


5 posted on 12/19/2011 7:38:59 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind

According to the U.S. state run “media”, he does like to watch basketball and Michael Jordan though.


6 posted on 12/19/2011 7:39:08 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: 2banana

RE: We have nothing to envy...

Remember Saddam Hussein? He was already a sadistic madman, but many Iraqis say that his two sons Uday and Qusay ( thankfully both dead ) were WORST.

These young kids of tyrants want to make sure they gain people’s fear and respect when they take over their father’s position and boy — do they make sure the “fear” factor comes first.


7 posted on 12/19/2011 7:42:25 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

tortured small animals...says it all.


8 posted on 12/19/2011 7:53:38 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SeekAndFind
HERRO!


9 posted on 12/19/2011 7:58:32 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: nuconvert

Ping.


10 posted on 12/19/2011 7:59:34 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Well, that’s where his “strongly worded letter’ got him. LMAO!
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11 posted on 12/19/2011 8:00:30 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: SeekAndFind

Paint him blue and put a white cap on him and you have SADIST SMURF, Jr.


12 posted on 12/19/2011 8:00:36 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind
U.S. intelligence officials say they have limited information about Kim Jong Eun

That figures. He's only been around for twenty-something years. What the hell are we paying these people for. Mastercard and Google would know everything about this pig, including what kind of porn he's partial to.

13 posted on 12/19/2011 8:01:10 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Old Sarge

14 posted on 12/19/2011 8:03:24 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Beowulf9
It says something, but I'm not sure what. This is an unsubstantiated report by -quote- A senior U.S. official (who) said intelligence analysts believe -unquote-. That's two layers of smoke and mirrors to an unnamed source. WTF?

Look, I loathe Kim Jong Il, un, and the rest of those freaky cowboys to the depth of my soul, but it just gripes my sense of professionalism that charges can be leveled -- and taken at face value -- on something this revolting.

OK, maybe it's even believable because its so often true -- but I get nervous anyhow.

15 posted on 12/19/2011 8:10:02 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know we have some good intelligence, but i’m wondering how they found out he tortured small animals as a kid. I’m not doubting anything that comes out of that clan of psychos, but it sounds pretty specific to me.

That aside, this overfed goofball should be fun to watch in the next couple of months. He’s only 28, and someone just handed him an army. Its going to be interesting to see what he does with it.


16 posted on 12/19/2011 8:40:55 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: Old Sarge

Homo gerbil.


17 posted on 12/19/2011 8:42:27 PM PST by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: bigdaddy45

He attended a private school in Switzerland during the 90s under an assumed name and the information is probably from someone at the school. Kim Jong Il was suspected of drowning his brother when he was 5...guess it runs in the family.


18 posted on 12/19/2011 8:50:29 PM PST by jimnm
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To: jimnm
Kim Jong Il was suspected of drowning his brother when he was 5...guess it runs in the family. do you have a link?
19 posted on 12/19/2011 9:17:12 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: SeekAndFind
Just looking at him is scary. This flabby little vertically challenged testosterone deprived castrato is bound to do something to try to prove that he is capable of urinating while erect.
20 posted on 12/19/2011 9:28:03 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: ColdOne

Sure. It’s more of “suspected by some historians and reported by cold war era defectors”. In the google books link, it’s attributed to “horseplay” as he kept on pushing his brother back into the water until he drowned.

This is the brother:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Man-il

Defector’s account:
http://books.google.com/books?id=QMnf95z_x44C&pg=PA206&lpg=PA206&dq=kim+jong+il+drowning+brother&source=bl&ots=V8KQZmKnyt&sig=-kPLMZPoztvPixpCFovH2X5JFCs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9iTwTvCvPMOriAK96qSPDg&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=kim%20jong%20il%20drowning%20brother&f=false


21 posted on 12/19/2011 10:16:14 PM PST by jimnm
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To: bigdaddy45
I know we have some good intelligence, but i’m wondering how they found out he tortured small animals as a kid. I’m not doubting anything that comes out of that clan of psychos, but it sounds pretty specific to me.

I'm not sure of what source they used for this, but I do know, that the family chef defected years ago (I think he even wrote a book), and one of the notes about this little freak, was that he was an anti-japanese bigot (the quote was that the kid looked at the chef with disgust because he was japanese or part japanese).

The references in the book were more about the "dear leader" though. The U.S. likes to debrief any and all defectors from North Korea, but most of the time, only gets speculative material and gossip, rarely anything first hand, especially due to the fact that this family was/is highly paranoid and constantly worried about information getting out in case of defection or leaks. They don't call North Korea the hermit kingdom for nothing.

22 posted on 12/20/2011 12:49:14 AM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Army Air Corps

It’s hard to imagine how he could be worse.


23 posted on 12/20/2011 3:40:54 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s predicted to be unpredictable?


24 posted on 12/20/2011 3:42:09 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: jimnm

Thank you for that info!


25 posted on 12/20/2011 9:36:45 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: SeekAndFind

Which country has a recent history of wars, control obsession, and led by a bisexual Muslim with an admitted history of drug abuse?

And exporting machine-guns to drug-dealers...?

Hmmmmm.......?


26 posted on 12/20/2011 1:07:22 PM PST by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind
He is HOT.... !
27 posted on 12/21/2011 8:43:46 AM PST by traumer
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