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

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  • Published on May 8, 2019
  • 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.

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Comments • 11 605

  • horace wayne
    horace wayne Hour ago

    mmmm...its a fictional movie, not a documentary-would one really want "real" info out there how the CIA operates??

  • Alice Liddell
    Alice Liddell Hour ago

    what about Gone Girl?

  • Samppazz
    Samppazz 2 hours ago

    i would never doubt her as a spy

  • Blaze Hernandez-Hogg
    Blaze Hernandez-Hogg 3 hours ago

    Who ever edited this video needs a slap

  • banana_chocolate
    banana_chocolate 4 hours ago

    Tbh I always thought Clark Kent's glasses were magic glasses....

  • god563616
    god563616 4 hours ago

    Watching this was incredible

  • Vertical Triangle
    Vertical Triangle 4 hours ago

    terribly edited

  • Kim Diep
    Kim Diep 9 hours ago

    You ever wonder ... being a CIA agent means always having a disguise a fake name etc So how in the world can she tell that much about CIA, what if it’s fake and she’s in disguise

  • mark roberts
    mark roberts 14 hours ago

    CIA watch T.V? They said to NEVER watch the television.

  • bad person
    bad person 15 hours ago

    Y’all know they ain’t telling us everything but whatever

  • Blue Collar Men Productions

    If red sparrow was only a better movie

  • Hannah Kathleen
    Hannah Kathleen 19 hours ago

    Another way to out yourself as a British agent in WWII France was to almost walk under a truck because you looked left instead of right before crossing a street. I recall reading that this happened to a lady agent...

  • Gigi
    Gigi 21 hour ago

    Faaak. That's one badass couple!

  • 3DSasuCatalin
    3DSasuCatalin 23 hours ago

    well ... she for sure know a thing or two or maybe more about disguise

  • Amy DeMoney
    Amy DeMoney Day ago

    Wish we could hear those “funny stories”

  • Dat Oracle
    Dat Oracle Day ago

    She is a nice old lady :3

  • Mikael Sojka
    Mikael Sojka Day ago

    At the same time CIA officials have confirmed that the CIA has secret/hidden weapons caches etc. ?

  • Uu Wuu
    Uu Wuu Day ago

    How about hannah montana?

  • Artur Schreiner
    Artur Schreiner Day ago

    Yeah, sure I'd just casually trust whatever a random CIA member says on youtube. Right, cool story. How dumb do you think people are to still believe any single thing that comes out of these American state criminals mouths after all people got to know about them at this point in time?

  • Milky browny
    Milky browny Day ago +1

    maybe all the scenes are true and she is covering them up

  • Terese Cactus
    Terese Cactus Day ago +1

    Were you the wife in Argo

  • SirSpankyTheSpanker

    My name Jeff still gets me 😂

  • Cátia Afonso
    Cátia Afonso Day ago

    not even european?? but i do count like that with my fingers, and I am a european

  • Kevin
    Kevin Day ago

    RIP Tony Mendez

  • map de beer
    map de beer Day ago +2

    Clark Kent actually has powers of mind manipulation that enhances with the glasses. That is why noone knows who he is

  • Midorii Oyama
    Midorii Oyama Day ago +1

    When she talka bout how one of their spies killed themelf with the pill in the pen. Thats very interesting and sad at the same time. You would never think, that this happens in real life.

  • vcastik
    vcastik Day ago

    It's good lead to know, where you can learn any language for free! 😂😂😂

  • Ninedaysjane
    Ninedaysjane Day ago +2

    RIP, officer who ate the l-pill.

  • Ninedaysjane
    Ninedaysjane Day ago

    Everything about "The Americans" is absolutely incredible.

  • magic wand
    magic wand Day ago

    She's in a disguise... i mean her personality, can't pinned her to anything or a place because she's everything and she's everywhere, i love this woman.. because i love mystery

  • SutcliffeRed
    SutcliffeRed Day ago

    Wouldn't you just love to hear some of her stories?

  • Foe OverTime
    Foe OverTime Day ago

    They could have used smoking aces for the voice change part

  • saeed atenzi
    saeed atenzi Day ago

    27:39 golden words

  • ThE DuCk
    ThE DuCk Day ago

    So no "cone of silence" -- huh ? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • faith s
    faith s Day ago

    was just thinking about what my "name for life" would be if i were in this type of program and then she just said hers was faith, lmao.

  • CGH
    CGH Day ago

    6:51 "we don't recommend stealing" Wasn't that exactly what the girl in the clip before was doing? The same clip she complimenting on how good the quick change was.

  • J EP
    J EP Day ago

    Im watching the video to watch the person talk about a film. Stop interrupting that with the weird cut ins.

  • Melanie
    Melanie 2 days ago

    Anyone else notice how in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles clip with Megan Fox, she starts off wearing black pants or leggings/stockings, and ends up without pants on? I just find it strange considering the never show your pulling them down if they're stockings, and if they are pants, they wouldn't have been able to be pulled down like that. Seems like a slight error.

  • Grundle
    Grundle 2 days ago

    RIP Tony Mendez, thank you for everything you've done for this country, clandestine or otherwise

  • Irate Puffin
    Irate Puffin 2 days ago

    Comey is a fail.

  • Irate Puffin
    Irate Puffin 2 days ago +4

    “Media is off limits to the CIA.”
    Ha ha hahahahahaha!!!

  • stubbed toe
    stubbed toe 2 days ago

    are we just not gonna talk about the fact that her husband passed away and she had to watch the movie where ben affleck portrayed him to see if he did a good enough job at being *her deceased husband*
    (just realized this could’ve been recorded before her husband passed)

  • Mathieu C
    Mathieu C 2 days ago +52

    Did she literally just casually say, with a smile, that one of her agents failed his mission, so he had to kill himself with a pill?

  • DarkWolf76
    DarkWolf76 2 days ago

    I would love to see her do a video break down of the Archer Series.

  • _Paws_
    _Paws_ 2 days ago +3

    Legend has it she is still under a disguise and no one knows what she actually looks like or sounds like.

  • rose winter
    rose winter 3 days ago

    I feel like she could convince me that I did something I didn't do

  • D M
    D M 3 days ago +3

    ALRIGHT I FINALLY
    CLICKED ON IT USclip JESUS CHRIST

  • third guy
    third guy 3 days ago

    lol... We don't use the media as cover... Now thats something someone in the CIA would say.

  • Lee Mac
    Lee Mac 3 days ago

    Virginia Hall! Who knew?

  • Jacob Ashuri
    Jacob Ashuri 3 days ago

    THE CIA AND ANOTHER AMERICAN COVER OPERATION WILL USE ANYTHING TO FACILITATE TO GET TO THE END GOAL OF THE AGENDA...PERIOD. IF YOU NEEDED TO DRESS UP LIKE A RELIGIOUS FIGURE AND PULL OUT AN AK-47 TO GET AN ISIS MEMBER ETC, THE CIA WOULD DO IT. REMEMBER PEOPLE THE CIA ARE THE SAME AGENCY THAT KILLED JFK AND GOES INTO OTHER COUNTRIES AND DISRUPTS THEIR GOVERNMENT AND CURRENCY.

  • Mihai Buzduceanu
    Mihai Buzduceanu 4 days ago

    how does she know;s what happend if their agent died? 15:55?

  • Bloodstained Bubbles
    Bloodstained Bubbles 4 days ago +12

    9:20 “But we can arrange...... anything.”

    Okay I’m scared now.

  • Gwen Webster
    Gwen Webster 4 days ago

    how do i get her job.

  • tria poulakia
    tria poulakia 7 days ago +1

    She said they don't use the media or priests as cover. And she blinked one million times while saying it. She was lying. :P

  • d k
    d k 7 days ago

    14:13 did she just say brits arent European lol

  • Whiter Smile
    Whiter Smile 7 days ago

    Or maybe this is one of the CIA's way of tricking everyone, having her say these "things" as if they're true

  • Sna
    Sna 7 days ago +11

    Come on, let her talk instead of playing the extracts while she"s talking !!!!

  • nickacelvn
    nickacelvn 7 days ago +4

    Woah what a seriously cool lady. and when she breaks out the line "hes playing my husband" like its the most natural thing in the world has to be one of the coolest things iv seen ever!



    Her husband is a bloody hero. Argo. its a movie about him.

  • Jen Doe Tattoos
    Jen Doe Tattoos 7 days ago

    i sneak spy on aliens clapping cheeks. message me for details!

  • Antonl94
    Antonl94 8 days ago

    yeah.. I don't believe her when she said "3 banned covers". CIA did a fake vaccine drive in Pakistan when they're trying to kill bin laden. It's not one of the covers she mentioned it feels like they'd have no problem doing those 3 if they can pose as doctors.