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    The former Canadian ambassador to Iran who protected Americans at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis said Monday it was good to hear Ben Affleck thank Canada after Affleck's film "Argo" won the Oscar for best picture.

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    The scene: Tehran's Mehrabad airport, January 1980. Six U.S. diplomats, disguised as a fake sci-fi film crew, are about to fly to freedom with their CIA escorts. But suddenly there's a moment of panic in what had been a smooth trip through the airport.

  • ** 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)

    Tony Mendez, clandestine CIA hero of Ben Affleck’s 'Argo,' reveals the real story behind film smash

    The situation was dire. Unbearably tense. Three months after the late-1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by Iranian revolutionaries, six American diplomats who had secretly escaped the compound were attempting to flee the country.

  • All the characters in this photo illustration are just two people: Jonna and Tony Mendez, who were photographed at an International Spy Museum exhibit. After decades working as disguise specialists for the CIA, the Mendezes are masters at their craft. At the request of the agency, they are spending their retirement revealing some of their tricks. (Photo illustration by T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

    Ex-CIA disguise experts putting a human face on oft-maligned U.S. spies

    As the CIA's leading disguise specialists, husband and wife Tony and Jonna Mendez spent decades creating false identities for America's undercover agents. Since retiring from the agency in the early 1990s, however, the two have worked to unmask their longtime profession — putting a human face on America's spies while providing a rare public look into the opaque world of intelligence.

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