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US spooks linked to North Korean embassy attack in Madrid

SPANISH investigators have linked last month’s attack on the North Korean embassy in Madrid to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), sparking fears of a diplomatic spat with Washington.

Two of the 10 people who broke into the embassy, where they interrogated diplomatic staff, have been identified as having connections to the US spy agency.

It is alleged that they tied up eight people, putting bags on their heads, following which they were beaten and interrogated for two hours. Police were called after a woman escaped from a second-floor window.

The CIA denied involvement in the incident, however government sources told Spain’s El Pais newspaper that its response was “unconvincing.”

It is alleged that the goal of February’s attack was to glean information on former ambassador to Spain Kim Hyok Chol, who was expelled from Spain in September 2017 over North Korea’s alleged breaches regarding its nuclear programme.

Investigators warned the attack was perfectly planned, as if carried out by a “military cell.”

The secretive investigation will be heard in Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s Highest Court, with government officials warning it will be difficult to prove the CIA’s involvement.

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