Leaked US document: Kim Jong-il's second son 'more interested in videogames' than running North Korea

What happens if you spend too much of your free time gaming? Well, if you're the son of a dictator, then it might mean you'll be passed over when it comes time to announce a new leader.

If you use the internet, watch TV, read newspapers, or talk to people, then you've heard about the Wikileaks cables, and the current controversy surrounding its primary spokesperson, Julian Assange.

Secret US documents, including internal notes about foreign diplomats, have been released to the world by the whistle-blowing organization. Many of them reveal what the US believes makes world leaders tick, and how to best approach them. In the case of Kim Jong-il, we discovered one of the possible reasons he didn't choose his second-youngest son to take his position.

The oldest son was "too much of a playboy," according to the leaked document, which was written in 2008 by a member of the US consulate in Shanghai. In the case of the middle child, however, the noted problem was quite different. Kim Jong-chol was said to be "more interested in videogames" than the governance of his home country. He must be a WoW addict.

Doesn't everyone know that videogames are the best training tool when it comes to running a nation? If Jong-chol had a copy of Civilization V, maybe he'd discover that being an undiplomatic god-ruler isn't necessarily the best way to go. Oh, right, that probably wouldn't help his chances either. Anyway, the youngest of the three sons, Kim Jong-un has become the heir apparent since the document was written.

Meanwhile, Wikileaks is under heavy fire from Hyrule for leaking documents which suggest an arms race with the Mushroom Kingdom. That's totally true.

[Source: Wikileaks via Kotaku]

Dec 10, 2010




  • whatupboy1 - December 14, 2010 2:59 p.m.

    Send him an Xbox and a copy of Homefront So i have a chance to beat the son a feared Dictator
  • Solid_Gabriel - December 11, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    I would like to know what kind of games does he like to play, or even what is his favorite console.
  • xXxBLACKHALOxXx - December 11, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    Which son is it who takes over for him when he dies in the upcoming game "Homefront" hmmm
  • PipBowl420 - December 11, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    North Korea bombs South Korea in 2010. I never thought it would happen. When I first heard of this, nearly 10 years ago, North Korea wasn't very powerful at all. 10 years from now, they will be extremely powerful. 2020 is only 10 years away.. About every 20 years, there's an assassination attempt on the American President. Maybe..
  • EAC73 - December 11, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    @ventanger damn u for stealing my comment but lol any way cus of course he is a starcraft player.
  • oryandymackie - December 11, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    Forced labour for +3 industry!
  • kyle94 - December 11, 2010 4:07 a.m.

    @MordortheRedguard: Kim Jong-un is the fat one. This article is about Kim Jong-chul, who isn't as fat... I think. There's not really many pictures of the three children.
  • MordortheRedguard - December 11, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    Am I the only one not surprise. I mean look at the kid, give him a bag o' Cheetos and stick him at a computer with WOW on it and I think he would never leave it.
  • smloveskittycats - December 11, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    Did they leak his gamertag?
  • GG Gabby - December 11, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    His middle son play games all day in their big mansion while their own people starve to death and cannibalize each other. They must have no life.....
  • mrmorozov987 - December 11, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    Think about it: you might have dominated the was-to-be leader of North Korea in Call of Duty. Obama's ratings would defiantly go up if he owned a PS3.
  • spacemonkey086 - December 11, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    dammit. no way will I ever fight them now.
  • ventanger - December 11, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    Oh come on, you know he was a Starcraft player.
  • Clovin64 - December 11, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    C'mon Kim Jong-il, don't be such a spoilt sport. Try playing a bit of Red Dead Redemption, we promise you'll love it.

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