Madrid’s North Korea embassy assailants linked to CIA

A woman walks past North Korea's embassy in Madrid Spain Thursday Feb. 28 2019. Spanish authorities said police were investigating an incident last week at the North Korean Embassy in Madrid in which a woman was hurt and according to a North Korean

Spain's El Confidencial, which broke the news of the incident, also reported Wednesday that Spanish officials have linked two assailants to the Central Intelligence Agency.

El País pointed out that the robbery took place five days before Donald Trump's second summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

And now there are reports USA intelligence services were involved.

So what exactly happened at the embassy?

The freakish - and movie-like - incident occurred on February 22, when a group of men attacked the North Korea's mission to Spain, located in Madrid.

One woman managed to get free, escaping through a second floor window and screaming for help. Soon after officers arrived at the building, the 10 assailants sped away and ambulances were called to treat the staff for their injuries.

The Spanish Interior Ministry said at the time that neither North Korean diplomats nor other government officials had filed a complaint. They tied up eight people inside and put bags over their heads. They were later found abandoned on a nearby street.

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Authorities have dismissed the idea that common criminals are behind the alleged attack. The operation was perfectly planned as if carried out by a "military cell", sources close to the investigation were quoted as saying by the newspaper.

And the attackers seemed to know what they were looking for, grabbing mobile phones and computers. Not only would it mean that the U.S. agency had operated on Spanish soil without asking for authorization or informing the authorities, it would also be a violation of the global conventions that protect diplomatic delegations.

Spanish police and intelligence have linked an attack on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid on February 22 to the US Central Intelligence Agency, Spain's daily El Pais reported Wednesday.

Why would anyone attack the embassy?

El Pais said that sources believe the attack was meant to get information on former North Korean Ambassador to Spain Kim Hyok-chol, who negotiated nuclear disarmament plans with US special envoy Stephen Biegun ahead of the US-North Korea summit in Hanoi on February 27-28.

Since 2017, when Kim Hyok Chol was expelled from Spain as "persona non grata" after nuclear tests and missile firings by Pyongyang, the secretive state has had diplomatic representation in Madrid but no ambassador.

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