By Matt Baglio
The real, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez's bold rescue of yankee hostages from Iran that encouraged the critically-acclaimed movie directed via and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.
On November four, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the yank embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of yank hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in worldwide politics nonetheless reverberating this present day. yet there's a little-known drama attached to the quandary: six american citizens escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an inventive but enormously dicy plan to rescue them ahead of they have been detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported via a forged of specialist forgers, deep disguise CIA operatives, international brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran below the guise of scouting destinations for a pretend technological know-how fiction movie referred to as Argo. whereas pretending to discover the ideal movie backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez ultimately information the terribly complicated and hazardous operation he led greater than 3 many years in the past. A riveting tale of mystery identities and foreign intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion among Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
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19: The plan was once to occupy the embassy for 3 days: Bowden, visitors of the Ayatollah, p. 14. 19: One lay down in a single of the places of work on his stomach: invoice Belk interviewed by way of Wells, 444 Days, p. forty. 20: the very last thing Laingen informed Golacinski ahead of signing off: Laingen, Yellow Ribbon, p. thirteen. 20: Don Hohman, a military medic: Don Hohman interviewed by way of Wells, 444 Days, pp. 46–47. 20: the militants had chanced on the structure’s one weak point: invoice Belk interviewed by way of Wells, ibid. , p. fifty three. 21: Golacinski then requested Laingen over the radio if he may perhaps move outdoors: Bowden, site visitors of the Ayatollah, p. forty two. 21: The order to take action have been sluggish in coming from Laingen: Cort Barnes interviewed by way of Wells, 444 Days, p. forty eight. 21: along with housing the communications apparatus: Daugherty, within the Shadow of the Ayatollah, p. 108. 22: a person waved a burning journal in entrance of his face: Mark Bowden, visitors of the Ayatollah, p. fifty eight. 22: Golacinski shouted during the steel door: Ibid. , p. fifty eight. 22: John Limbert, a political officer who spoke fluent Farsi: John Limbert interviewed via Wells, 444 Days, pp. 66–67. 23: Carter used to be “deeply disturbed yet quite confident”: Carter, conserving religion, p. 457. bankruptcy three: international relations forty six: Then, on November 12, he bring to an end: ill, All give way, pp. 266–67. forty six: In a speech given ahead of a roaring crowd of supporters: Jordan, quandary, p. fifty four. forty eight: One neighborhood radio station in Ohio: Bowden, site visitors of the Ayatollah, p. 210. forty eight: At one other radio station within the Midwest: Ibid. , p. 243. forty eight: during the interview, Wallace: Ibid. , p 2 hundred. forty nine: In a healthy of frustration, Carter informed his press secretary: Ibid. , p. 139. forty nine: The imam used to be pronounced to have instructed the emissary: unwell, All give way, p. 263. 50: Early at the militants have been confident: Bowden, site visitors of the Ayatollah, p. 246. 50: for example, while NBC aired the Gallegos interview: Ibid. , p. 246. fifty one: They appeared wanting to think any conspiracy idea: ill, All cave in, p. 38; Bowden, visitors of the Ayatollah, p. 159. fifty one: On one other party, Colonel Dave Roeder: Bowden, visitors of the Ayatollah, p. 318. bankruptcy four: Nowhere to Run sixty five: Undeterred, the militants smashed during the glass: James Lopez interviewed by means of Wells, 444 Days, p. fifty one. sixty six: earlier than getting into, he pulled out his pistol: Ibid. ; Harris, The Iran Hostage challenge. sixty eight: After unlocking the door, Richard Queen: Richard Queen interviewed through Wells, 444 Days, pp. 72–73. sixty nine: Morefield became to him and defined: Harris, The Iran Hostage hindrance. seventy four: at the morning of November four, Koob: Koob, visitor of the Revolution, p. eleven. seventy five: An Iranian voice got here in the course of the cellphone: Ibid. , p. 18. seventy six: Koob attempted hiding in a women’s toilet: Ibid. , pp. 30–31. seventy seven: It used to be transparent now that the Iranians have been weeding out the american citizens: Victor Tomseth interviewed via Wells, 444 Days, p. 118. seventy seven: Tomseth had referred to as the British chargé d’affaires: Ibid. ; writer interview with Victor Tomseth. 77–78: eventually, at approximately 5 o’clock, Joe known as the British embassy: Cora Lijek interviewed by way of Wells, ibid. , p. 118. eighty one: on the overseas ministry, in the meantime: Laingen, Yellow Ribbon, p.