Newly unveiled documents suggest the founder of North Korea, Kim Il-sung, who is the grandfather of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, may not have been who the regime claims he was.
Voice of America reported this week, citing once-confidential CIA documents, that Kim's original name was Kim Sung-ju , and he impersonated "General Kim Il-sung," a famous anti-Japanese independence fighter of the time.
According to the documents,.. the real general Kim had disappeared at some point,.. and Kim Sung-ju took over his identity.
Kim Sung-ju moved to Manchuria at 14, unlike the real General Kim who was studying at a Japanese military academy at that age, and it was revealed Kim Sung-ju murdered two people before being appointed North Korean leader by Stalin when Kim was 33 years old.
The confidential CIA documents were written in September 1949 and reported to the U.S. State Department in December of that year, six months before the Korean War started in June 1950.