The life-and-death theater of espionage | Jonna Mendez | TEDxBermuda


In this talk, Jonna Mendez explains the rules used by CIA undercover operatives in Moscow and the surprising relevance of those rules to our everyday lives.

As a retired CIA intelligence officer with 27 years of service, Mendez's career comprised multiple undercover assignments. She joined the CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS) in early 1970 - often compared to “Q” Branch in the 007 movies - holding the position of chief of disguise. She also worked closely with her husband, Tony Mendez, in writing "Argo" and "The Moscow Rules." Jonna is a founding board member at the International Spy Museum.

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