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Ken Taylor, Canada’s ambassador to Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis, is pleased that Ben Affleck mentioned Canada in his Oscar speech. (Associated Press)

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The Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, briefs reporters on the situation in the mist of the Iran's Revolution in Teheran, a week before leaving the country with six Americans on Jan. 27, 1980. The Globe and Mail reports Saturday Taylor told the newspaper that he was made "de facto CIA station chief" in a secret deal between president Jimmy Carter and prime minister Joe Clark during the troubles in Teheran. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Bregg

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The Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, briefs reporters on the situation in the mist of the Iran's Revolution in Teheran, a week before leaving the country with six Americans on Jan. 27, 1980. The Globe and Mail reports Saturday Taylor told the newspaper that he was made "de facto CIA station chief" in a secret deal between president Jimmy Carter and prime minister Joe Clark during the troubles in Teheran. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Bregg

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** FILE ** A crowd at the State Department embraces Robert G. Anders, one of the six diplomats spirited out of Tehran in 1980 under the guise of a Hollywood crew member and with the help of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (left). (The Associated Press)

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** FILE ** The Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, briefs reporters on the situation in the mist of the Iran's Revolution in Tehran, a week before leaving the country with six Americans on Jan. 27, 1980. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Bregg)