Person of Interest

North Korea's Secret Leader

Who is running North Korea in the absence of Kim Jon Il, who is rumored to have been incapacitated by a stroke for weeks? Signs point towards his brother-in-law, Jang Song-Taek. South Korean intelligence believes Jang is either channeling Kim's orders, or standing in for him in day-to-day affairs. Jan appears to be no more of a Democrat than Kim: He heads the state's security and police agencies. According to one official, however, "We find it rather fortunate that Jang Song-Taek, not the military, is in effect governing the North."