Former CIA operatives Jonna Mendez, left, and Tony Mendez talks about his families art studios located in Knoxville, MD. Mendez is famous for rescuing the six hostages from the Iranian hostage crisis.
Former CIA operatives Jonna Mendez, left, and Tony Mendez talks about his families art studios located in Knoxville, MD. Mendez is famous for rescuing the six hostages from the Iranian hostage crisis.
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published Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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In 1980, CIA operative Tony Mendez saved six American hostages during the Iranian Hostage Crisis with the use of an elaborate film crew hoax. The set-up, which depicted the group as the crew of a nonexistent sci-fi film called "Argo," fooled the Iranian government and brought the hostages home.

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