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

  • Published on: 08 May 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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    Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED
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  • derpoverload
    derpoverload   51 minuts ago

    Should've showed her Peter Griffin's clown disguise

  • sweetc1220
    sweetc1220   18 hours ago

    "but we can arrange...anything." So badass. Please be my grandma.

  • Robert Giovinni
    Robert Giovinni   22 hours ago

    If this person said 1 true thing she would committing treason

  • Johannes Blech
    Johannes Blech   23 hours ago

    Love the cuts in that video. Someone had quite a bit of fun there!

  • Chris -
    Chris -   1 days ago

    Media figure off limits.................Yeah, Ok.

  • Chris -
    Chris -   1 days ago

    Evil creature with nefarious motives.

  • mæ
      1 days ago

    Watched red sparrow right after this it was brutal

  • greenFinger225
    greenFinger225   1 days ago

    Sydney bristow wins everytime!, no one can match her! Miss Alias, it was Jennifer Garners rise to fame as far as I'm concerned.

  • KingofHearts
    KingofHearts   1 days ago

    She’s such a badass that she considers an agent committing suicide via cyanide-pen as some sort of quirky story.

  • Gemini
    Gemini   1 days ago

    She’s spying rn

  • James A
    James A   1 days ago

    "Humanitarian groups have to stay pure". Except when the CIA bedded into vaccination teams and now they're targeted for murder regularly and has contributed to the resurgence of polio across the middle east.

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  • macuisle9
    macuisle9   1 days ago

    Her brilliant disguise as a retired teacher/librarian grandmother is the best one yet! Respect.

  • larasita11
    larasita11   1 days ago

    the 3 covers she says CIA never uses.... lolll!!if you believe that....

  • Szabo Daniel
    Szabo Daniel   1 days ago

    Ay can you give us the tip for what to eat before drinking too? Asking for a friend

  • Rashen Misa
    Rashen Misa   2 days ago

    Her: We dont do priest, they're vulnerable..Tom Cruise soundclip on the bg,: GODDEMET..Same reaction

  • mikeyb byekim
    mikeyb byekim   2 days ago

    20:00 wtf how would a man try to "blend in to the curtains" lol at the white house? wtf was that about? and how could the tallest guy in the room not be noticed? lolol

  • mikeyb byekim
    mikeyb byekim   2 days ago

    14:22 I cannot do my fingers like that for some reason bc my middle and ring fingers are kind of attached to where i cannot move 1 without the other, so I guess i'd be screwed lol. Same reason I cannot type either.

  • Jr Juarez
    Jr Juarez   2 days ago

    Priest are vulnerable and don’t have any protection? Maybe she misspoke or I’m mistook her meaning? Cuz the Catholic Church is one of the most powerful, corrupt and wealthiest organizations in the world with a history of doing everything and anything they can to prevent lawful accountability for the criminal actions of their priest. I get why the CIA would avoid religious disguises but that’s not one of them. At least not for priest.

  • Hi Bye
    Hi Bye   2 days ago

    Huh the wireless no-hands earpiece she was talking about - me and my classmates back in high school used that kind of thing to cheat on tests. They sold them on ebay for a few bucks at the time...

  • mikeyb byekim
    mikeyb byekim   2 days ago

    I like how they edited in the "thank you" at 3:38 after she says he was brilliant lol

  • mikeyb byekim
    mikeyb byekim   2 days ago

    2:30 but what about how they say to not draw too much attention to yourself, and to not be memorable [forgettable as she says at 3:10]? And as I stated and she mentioned about not wanting to "draw attention" 16:45

  • ash
    ash   2 days ago

    This video could've been shorter if they just cut the dialogue of the movies while she's talking 🙄

  • ash
    ash   2 days ago

    She looks so unimpressed. 😂

  • Fam4RM
    Fam4RM   2 days ago

    Aleksandr Dmitrievich Ogorodnik was the identity of the agent whom asked for his pen and then subsequently commited suicide. He was actually a former Soviet diplomat who was convinced to become a spy for the US under the code name TRIGON by his lover whom was a Spanish lady recruited by the CIA. He was eventually betrayed by a Czech CIA translator by the name of Karl Koecher.

  • K Tran
    K Tran   2 days ago

    my dog is so scared because of the "ding" in the episode :( I think I need a pet friendly youtube :P

  • banana ooh nana
    banana ooh nana   2 days ago

    Im sure she ran a background check on whoever her kids married. Lol

  • max
    max   2 days ago

    the cia is very intense improv

  • announ06
    announ06   2 days ago

    These constant interruptions of her to show movie cuts are so annoying. Just ruining a good story.

  • Jenny C.
    Jenny C.   3 days ago

    This woman scares and amazes me at the same time.

  • bobby waddell
    bobby waddell   3 days ago

    'that crazy eyed look' claire danes was snatched

  • Rosalind
    Rosalind   3 days ago

    Another one was Samantha Caine in A Long Kiss Goodnight. Her original disguise was a boring teacher with boring brown hair and when you thought she were changing into her disguise she was actually going back to her original identity which was a short blonde haired potty mouthed hot chick. Bloody love that film

  • ThatDutchguy
    ThatDutchguy   3 days ago

    Overconfidence kills.Play it too well, and you might attract the attention of a real professional.Certain people are trained to spot these people (even normal police and border guards/custom agents are trained like this often enough),...and the ones on the ASPD spectrum (most of them are;) eventually overplay their hand and get caught by these trained individual's.Very embarrassing situations will come of that.