The colonel, whose name was withheld by the South Korean government, worked for the North Korean military’s General Reconnaissance Bureau. The agency is believed to be behind two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang that killed 50 South Koreans in 2010.
The General Reconnassance Bureau also deals in cyberwarfare, and it is widely suspected of being behind the 2014 hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that the colonel is viewed as an elite member of North Korean society by other defectors from the Communist dictatorship.
“He is believed to have stated details about the bureau’s operations against South Korea to authorities here,” the agency quoted a source as saying.
That’s a rare coup for Seoul, and makes you wonder if Li’l Kim might be losing his grip.