The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

By Antonio J. Mendez

From the writer of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes tale of espionage in motion. within the first ever memoir via a top-level operative to be licensed by way of the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez unearths the crafty tips and insights that helped store thousands from lethal situations.

Adept at developing new identities for an individual, anyplace, Mendez used to be concerned about operations worldwide, from “Wild West” adventures in East Asia to chilly conflict intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the get away of six americans from a hostage state of affairs in progressive Tehran, Iran. This striking operation encouraged the motion picture Argo, directed by way of and starring Ben Affleck.

The grasp of Disguise provides us a privileged examine what relatively occurs on the maximum degrees of overseas espionage: within the box, undercover, and in the back of closed doors.

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He leaned ahead, eagerly looking my face. the fellow possessed such notable appearing talents that I virtually forgot my directions for dealing with this sort of state of affairs. A “walk-in” defector of any price used to be a prize within the secret agent enterprise, yet occasionally those plums got here on thorny branches. A provocateur may release a propaganda scandal by way of claiming to were abducted by way of the american citizens, or a in all likelihood worthy defector may possibly turn into intimidated after a bungled first touch with the enterprise. “What have you ever obtained to illustrate your bona fides?

That’s most likely what he meant to do all alongside, i presumed with a few bitterness. there has been, after all, a vibrant part to all of this. while Vietnamese army intelligence rigorously analyzed the entire infiltration records and kit, and heard stories of silent helicopters flying throughout the darkness to convey NVA autos deep into the fortified center of the Ho Chi Minh path, they need to have questioned, Who between us do we belief? Fred Graves, who had arise from Saigon for the operation, folded his map and dusted his palms in ironic finality.

I famous that my medium stature used to be rarely a disadvantage right here. touring mild, with only a canvas Pan Am carry-on bag and a wide briefcase, i used to be in a position to slip in the course of the human wave flowing towards the ferry ramp. It was once an easy, initial Surveillance Detection Run. Any taller Westerner following me strolling could were simply detected, relocating diagonally throughout the crowd. I allowed numerous hundred humans to clamber aboard the ferry, then jumped on myself simply because the ramp was once being lifted. Sailors in neat blue-and-white uniforms do away with the strains, the engines rumbled, and we churned out into the darkening harbor towards the glowing lighting of Hong Kong island.

He logged KGB transmissions as Jacques and the ceremonial dinner piled into Jerry’s automobile within the courtyard and drove out throughout the archway. The surveillance channels were alive with staccato bursts for an hour as site visitors arrived for the reception, trailing their very own devoted groups of observers, who have been now put in in hidden posts through the local. a lot to our reduction, Jacques and the dinner trio lower back on time table, previous to hour of darkness. while Jacob and that i joined the Saturday morning debriefing, the place of work was once quietly humming.

Midway via our activity, we stopped and stared on the matters. Then they fell silent and gazed at one another. Jacob and that i had effectively reworked an Asian statesman and an African-American case officer into Caucasian diplomats vaguely akin to the 2 Hollywood celebrities. “Good night, sir…” PASSAGE stated in seriously accented English to his case officer. His little funny story broke the strain within the room. As they left the secure residence that evening, the embassy vehicle rounded the nook and encountered a armed forces roadblock that had no longer been there 5 hours previous, however the frightened younger troops waved the CD motor vehicle throughout the barrier with no hesitation.

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