Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED

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Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are.

To learn more, check out Jonna and Tony Mendez's new book "The Moscow Rules" out now: amzn.to/2J8zPWa

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Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED


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May 8, 2019

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Ebolaface 34 minutes ago
16:07 She said "He was dead before he hit the floor" in the same tone that my aunt tells me about her flowers she planted.
WillFury Hour ago
Nevermind, she just said her husband is Antonio J Mendez... somehow they both held the same position at CIA.
WillFury Hour ago
I have this autobiography called "Master of Disguise" written by former CIA Chief of Disguise, Antonio J Mendez. This woman's name is Jonna Mendez and she's also CIA Chief of Disguise. What's really weird is they look similar in the face. Coincidence?🤔
Healthy and Loving Life
9:21 "we can arrange anything" Ominous and intimidating!
Muzzle Brake
Muzzle Brake Hour ago
jeez the editing sucks on this. Mustve been a crappy person headlining this interview to cause all those cuts during the interview
Hon Perry Hill
Hon Perry Hill 2 hours ago
Moral of the story: Meghan Fox could be a master disguise
Larry Bush
Larry Bush 3 hours ago
First thing I want to say is thank you for your service! What a one-one-of-a-kind career! I did not see Red Sparrow due to the Jennifer's lack of muscle tone. I actually got to see a real "Red Sparrow" type in the early 90's. A group of Soviet ICBM treaty types toured my facility at Vandenberg AFB for START or SALT (I forget which). One Soviet General with lots of ribbons and such had an aid - Very attractive lady (in uniform) but what I noticed is that she had a gymnast or dancers muscle tone, very very fit. No doubt could kill me in a second. We were briefed that a lot of the younger folks would probably be Spetsnatz types. Something I remember to this day.
Larry Bush
Larry Bush 3 hours ago
No offense to Jennifer intended either, if you could have seen the real deal you would know what I mean.
PelegoRecords 3 hours ago
Body Language Analysis:: *Everything She Said They "Don't Do"* ... *They "Do!!!"* [😇]: ruvid.net/video/video-0LP3Hjxbk-w.html [🐲] Pierre-Lee Gordon
Ben Howard
Ben Howard 3 hours ago
Love Alias so much!! Need to give it a rewatch now
PelegoRecords 3 hours ago
*"Never Say Anything!!!"* 👽
Eredin Bréacc Glas
I wouldn't have used 22 jump street, Kingsman or Austin Powers because they're obviously unrealistic for comedic and action purposes
O G 4 hours ago
"Jonna Hiestand Mendez is a former chief of disguise in the CIA's Office of Technical Service." We love you, Jonna.
O G 4 hours ago
Oh, they wrote the book - The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War Hardcover - May 21, 2019
Seyed Abbas Aghaei Niaraki
B.S. CIA does use media as a cover for their agents. Jason Rezaeian was a CIA agent caught in Iran and he was using journalism as cover.
Ellemphriem Nil
Ellemphriem Nil 5 hours ago
This lady is amazingly charismatic. I also wanna hear her talk about anything really. I'd like to be her relative to be honest.
Chamelea Gamers
Chamelea Gamers 5 hours ago
Absolutely love this
1inkdaddy 5 hours ago
yes the girl is acting like a spolled child but she is right about WARS FOR OIL & YOU KNOW ITS TRUE
Meg 5 hours ago
She's casually cool.
NeOmega 5 hours ago
Wow, I didn't know that she could speak publicly about it. Is that even legal? It was super entertaining to watch, don't get me wrong, but isn't she giving away some CIA secrets?
Techni Myoko
Techni Myoko 5 hours ago
re: dressing like clowns ruvid.net/video/video-g1eswGrkMU8.html
Huron .Blackheart
Huron .Blackheart 5 hours ago
"You look like a workman, you're fine..." I remember years ago watching The Real Hustle and the sheer number of cons they pulled simply because no-one checked if a guy in a hi-vis jacket was legit, it's probably one of the most powerful pieces of clothing for preventing people getting suspicious.
Techni Myoko
Techni Myoko 5 hours ago
Clark also slouches, changes his voice, his hair, his mannerisms. As Lex said, you'd never suspect it was him because you'd never suspect a literal God would disguise himself as one of us.
poweronia 6 hours ago
Saying that they never use religious figures, media and peace corps as cover makes me think that they regularly use them as cover.
Kerry Martin
Kerry Martin 6 hours ago
god the way this is edited is irritating, she's great though!
Rinzler 7 hours ago
"...but we can arrange....anything." Is anyone else terrified by that statement?
Cris Peralta
Cris Peralta 8 hours ago
27:14 Belle Delphin Bathwater
Sierra Morales
Sierra Morales 9 hours ago
Superman doesnt count
Autumn leaves
Autumn leaves 9 hours ago
As a German who, I am shocked. I never thought of it up until now, but if I see someone leaving their thumb out while counting on their fingers... it's kind of weird...
FOXY TV 10 hours ago
lol. never infiltrate religion, journalism or the peace corps. like super lol lady. fool someone else.
kuchodin 10 hours ago
as zooey deschanel demonstrated, superman's disguise wasnt the glasses but the fringe
Xspurr 11 hours ago
Motherf***er! Let her talk. The small "inserts" are extremely annoying.
Danijela Pehar
Danijela Pehar 11 hours ago
ithinkitsaurus 12 hours ago
uh wait, that was half an hour? i just couldn't stop watching. great video
Swedish Otaku
Swedish Otaku 12 hours ago
Woman have so much power in getting what they want thanks to seduction.
Inliight Society
Inliight Society 14 hours ago
lmao I love how she describes things lmaooooo
Pam Cota
Pam Cota 14 hours ago
Great and you have saved lies ! Happy to hear my profession as an Actor at times has helped you. Hollywood writers can indeed come up with some interesting ideas. Touche to a woman who is master of disguises. !!
Dhwani Anand
Dhwani Anand 15 hours ago
i thought it was halsey in the thumbnail
Philip Cariño
Philip Cariño 15 hours ago
I love Alias!
1zin1 16 hours ago
Whoever edited the clips to respond to her statements...you are the goat.
Michael Fiorilla
Michael Fiorilla 18 hours ago
This has been extremely fun! You guys should do an entire other feature about human rights violations where she has to justify her departments' involvement in them.
charlsey26 18 hours ago
Doesn't use media as a cover ... Operation Mockingbird.
Fuzzymoon Beam
Fuzzymoon Beam 19 hours ago
what a fascinating lady! she should just tell spy stories, would watch
ssdd440 19 hours ago
how can we actually trust anything that she's saying if she was formerly a member of the CIA?
f fs
f fs 21 hour ago
I love the media celeb-izing and glorifying politicians and federal operatives. Will she do a cute meme vid with Obama so Ellen can talk about it?
KayAvery 21 hour ago
When she talked about changing a person's pallet and how it didn't change the persons voice but gave them a lisp.. all I could think about is how I magically get a lisp when I am wearing a retainer Also is it weird that I have wigs and different outfits to match their personalities in which I will use for different occasions when meeting with different people.. and that I will do my makeup to match whoever "I am" and that I have 25 different names.... am I Roger the Alien or am I a spy.. the world may never know lmao
lac92576 21 hour ago
2 mins in, I love how she praised Alias as that's one of my favourite shows! However, I thought she would say the disguises Sydney uses were outrageous and too fake looking. But I'm glad she said they were spot on :)
hawkins347 6 hours ago
Sometimes it's not about how plausible a disguise looks but how you inhabit it.
White Noise
White Noise 21 hour ago
4:44 Well that's a lie.
OU812 22 hours ago
So what's the poison that kills you so fast that you're dead before you hit the floor?
ray32245mv 22 hours ago
3 covers that are "banned" - Religious, Media, Peace Corps..... let's take that with a grain of salt for a moment while we contemplate the fact that she did NOT say doctors, celebrities, or sports. Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?
TheHandleSticks66 23 hours ago
The movie about the soviet women spies seems like some classic McCarthyism.
jv jv
jv jv 23 hours ago
she needs her own show where shes just telling all of those cool stories.
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