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

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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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Mr Pupp3T
Mr Pupp3T 19 minutes ago
HBMHD 24 minutes ago
_"There are 3 covers that are basically off-limits to CIA"_ - Sure, sure
carlinhabia 25 minutes ago
This woman is amazing !! Great to watch !!
David S Galarza
David S Galarza 31 minute ago
Foreign spies taking notes
AHMAD_506 _
AHMAD_506 _ Hour ago
Let her talk and put the clips in low volume plezzzzz
Dale Wilson
Dale Wilson 2 hours ago
RIP to her husband Tony
NefariousJim 2 hours ago
Jealous of Tony Mendez that he gets to talk to her every day
Timothy Azbill
Timothy Azbill 3 hours ago
Okay pink panther is a comedy it's not even tryin to be serious
Rattenhoofd 3 hours ago
"In Europe, when you count you start with your thumb." No.
okamivolgan 4 hours ago
who ever edit this video, needs to stop doing what he thinks is " cool " !
Row Land
Row Land 4 hours ago
"Dont dress up as Media" as resent events have taught us..... that was a very good lie
Oleg Kushakov
Oleg Kushakov 5 hours ago
14:06 that look is actually scary, it's so meaningful... props to the actor.
Rachel Tremblay
Rachel Tremblay 5 hours ago
She’s so interesting
Madam Vonkook
Madam Vonkook 5 hours ago
@4:48 In keeping with the CIA tradition of lying. There have definitely been CIA Operatives who are also reporters
Floord ford
Floord ford 5 hours ago
Have you ever seen Zooey Deschanel without her bangs? Totally different person
FilipH86 6 hours ago
What about the disguises used by the T-1000.
Rakib Amin
Rakib Amin 7 hours ago
If possible, slap that stupid editor of yours silly, please. She's trying so hard to be respectful to and also responsible about describing the L-pill suicide event in 16:10, yet the cuts completely undermine her. You guys do a bad job at editing. Period.
Geremias Fesalvo
Geremias Fesalvo 7 hours ago
You guys should get Comey to talk about FBI and the Mob as shown in Hollywood
TwaddleTwot 7 hours ago
please be my grandmother :)
Egaru Lastinn
Egaru Lastinn 9 hours ago
they had no success with changing their voices? you have to be kidding me. trans girls do it every day, but trained agents can't?
horrorgami 9 hours ago
what about FACE/OFF lmao
LagiNaLangAko23 10 hours ago
"This is pure CGI." "Of course!" LOL, I like the editing on this vid.
LagiNaLangAko23 10 hours ago
0:27 She was like, "Ugh".
Doran Martell
Doran Martell 10 hours ago
No Jason Bourne? I am quite triggered for real.
Alena Kirillova
Alena Kirillova 11 hours ago
I think she or they are wrong about the fingers? You do a peace sign for 'two' and then join another finger for 'three'... It's not a giveaway.
F dL
F dL 13 hours ago
This is one of the many reasons why The Americans and Matthew Rhys won awards, just listen to what she said. And the one about masks is just crazy, it must be hot wearing that lol.
Rooman 13 hours ago
This is what you're doing: ✋✊✋✊✋✊ *This* is what *I want you to do:* ✊
Peter Katow
Peter Katow 13 hours ago
There are no Chinese Negroes. You're welcome.
Aertyn 13 hours ago
She sounds like she has some amazing stories. Sadly, she'd have to kill anyone she told :/
SuPiLusikas 14 hours ago
No NCIS saving Ziva scene? disappointing.
Janelle honey-Badger
I was surprised you never mentioned "Burn Notice" This was one of the best TV spy shows I've seen. I would've loved to hear your opinions about it. If you make another one of these videos, can you include that show?
Nikki van Zanen
Nikki van Zanen 15 hours ago
Lol I'm dutch and I sometimes count three without my thumb. That's totally not true. It's only if you start counting with one that you use your thumb per se.. :')
Kat K
Kat K 15 hours ago
Argo is probably the best film I've ever seen. I loved the end where they were still tense until they were out of Iran air space, since the threat of being shot down was still very real. The whole movie is very accurate
vila sopha
vila sopha 15 hours ago
I almost lost it Cambodian flag!!!!
Chris Völkle
Chris Völkle 15 hours ago
please get her back and let her talk about burn notice! that show was like a spy school in video form!
whereisawesomeness 16 hours ago
Here's a reminder that the CIA orchestrated countless war crimes, including torturing people who are still in Guantanamo Bay to this day
Chantal Perez
Chantal Perez 16 hours ago
This is one of the most enjoyable Wired vids I've seen. This lady is so interesting and good at explaining things concisely and well and she's also lovely :D
Robert Kos
Robert Kos 18 hours ago
The Canadians came up with a plan and passports to help the Americans escape Iran. The Ben Affleck movie is a total lie
Robert van der kroft
Editor wtf are you doing . Horrible having it stop and start sort it out
ign Nolo / laliluza
ign Nolo / laliluza 18 hours ago
Big respect to the agent who took the L pill before the enemies could do anything.
Nyssa Syratov
Nyssa Syratov 18 hours ago
lol i love the way she says, 'louis, can't you see?' half-laughing.
jose ignacio Farias
jose ignacio Farias 18 hours ago
This was amazingly good. And this woman is amazing
Nerdling 19 hours ago
Amanda Hugginkis
Open Mind
Open Mind 19 hours ago
Well Hollywood making fakes longer than CIA
ElDuderino The last
ElDuderino The last 20 hours ago
21:49 I don't want that yogurt???
Jacob Smith
Jacob Smith 21 hour ago
*HMPH* Sounds like something a former CIA Chief of Disguise would say
Richie M
Richie M 22 hours ago
I believe what she said 50 % of the time
Kondratbl 22 hours ago
- is a former CIA Chief of Disguise - shows up on a popular USvid channel to be seen by millions of people
hugehappygrin 23 hours ago
What is the official CIA take on the current president's absolute distrust of the "intelligence" community?
PequenoPoqui Day ago
This editing is obnoxious and has been for many videos in this series. Countless people have complained and yet the editor continues to make otherwise interesting content deeply frustrating to watch. Please don't think you're better than the viewers and make an adjustment to this already.
Juan Felipe Sánchez
hwy, FBI, i want to be a spy
Wiktoria Łukasiewicz
''WE DON'T'' don't they tho?
Wiktoria Łukasiewicz
dental impression feels like choking. imagine that done to your entire face, crazy
Ember Day ago
21:23 My Name Jeff
Deeplays Gaming
they wouldnt be caught dead in a catsuit, ...literally.
Serval Inc
Serval Inc Day ago
To bad she didn’t mention winter soldier Capt and widow at the mall.
Milica Spasojevic
I love her I want to listen to her stories for hours omggg
Isaac Alonzo
Isaac Alonzo Day ago
IRL she's a dark Colombian girl named Victoria Margarita. Also when she said "Ben Affleck played my husband Tony Mendez", that was unexpected.
LA Durant
LA Durant Day ago
Secretary Pompeo:"Lying, Cheating, & Stealing reminds you of the glory of the American experiment" - usvid.net/video/video-xE9zczFARuM.html
Colin Sharp
Colin Sharp Day ago
She is making it up as she go along. Anything else would be treasonous. Don't be naive, she is still at the service of the state, spreading disinformation. Very entertaining.
Budz 420
Budz 420 Day ago
Stay in place... FOR A DAY OR TWO! Diapers standard issue?
Chief of Disguise is an actual job title, that is amazing lol
Jackson Redstar Videography
she should comment on how Hillary's double disguise was after her "fainting' incident in NYC! in fact, she should do a whole segment pointing out Hillary's doubles!
Joelle Nealy
Joelle Nealy Day ago
I could seriously watch her all day.
Salz Berry
Salz Berry Day ago
Anyone sees the guy at 20:06 she said was poorly disguised? Cause I don’t 🥴
Opiti-Cule Prime-Tangelient-[Atlas]
Olivia Elizabeth Munn army navy treason mutiny sacrilege unfiedel baby murdering
ZmoPaR Day ago
She is fascinating..Not sure how I ended up watching that, but watch it I did.
Capra Ibex
Capra Ibex Day ago
I want more videos with her!!!
The Aura Tree
Awesome lady.
D'Hotness McAwesome
So, just me or does "Former CIA Chief of Disguise" not sound exactly like that kid in 4th grade says his dad is when he tells you why his dad can beat up your dad? Not just me then. Cool.
CIA has used priests as spies in Eastern Europe for decades. What a load of bs ;)
Matheus Day ago
27:20 so, does anyone knows what she is mentionning there? Asking for a friend who can't handle alcohol that whell
David Perez
David Perez Day ago
"same blue"
I was a professional shoplifter. You guys missed a dilly when I slipped by you. I would hit major hardware outlets for thousands at a whack so often the contractor desk knew my "name" and would help me to my truck with my "purchases" everytime because they knew I was in a hurry, being a busy professional. Thirty days per county, every major hardware outlet in every county on the west coast, for seven years. It was my ex who finally figured things out. When she demanded I go shoplift beer for her I quietly slipped away and started an "Honest Job". It doesn't matter how skilled you are if you don't know when to bail.
Kenneth Cabauatan
Nice denial there, Ex-Chief of Disguise. Historically, the Vatican has a clandestine group of Friar-Spies.
John Malley
John Malley Day ago
anybody else remember when Wired was actually kinda good?
Eric Rhodes
Eric Rhodes Day ago
Diversity hire
John Malley
John Malley Day ago
don't need an expert to tell me crappy tv shows and movies are unrealistic.
Michaela Wendt
This was extremely interesting but I could not finish the video because of the annoying audio you keep putting in while Jonna speaks.
jekanyika Day ago
"Spies in the skies"
Jan 2
Jan 2 Day ago
Or just use /disguise
Samo Ketiš
Samo Ketiš Day ago
mole on the wrong side of the face
Louis Jones
Louis Jones Day ago
"We can arrange... anything." Quote of the video.
Willmanis1 Day ago
I realize in some of the situations, the pauses are necessary to reference what she's talking about, but most of the time they feel very unnatural. You could easily have her actual reaction to what she's seeing and the flow would be maintained and it wouldn't feel alien.
Darin W
Darin W Day ago
It'd be great to get intoxicated with this woman...if she wasn't 1)Undoubtedly more keen/ intelligent then I. Or 2) A career spy
Andrea Smirle
she is amazing - calm, sweet, smart... and terrifying! please just have her tell stories, so into it
Ivory Oasis
Ivory Oasis Day ago
Remember when the CIA helped to stage the chemical weapons attack in Syria? That was revealed recently to be staged? Lolz, ohhh CIA, you scamps, silly willies, keep fooling people with all your tricksy wicksies.
Gabriel Gutt
Gabriel Gutt Day ago
"There are ways not to get drunk", I need that
Manatee Man
Manatee Man Day ago
Oh, she is fun! Mendez is perfect for these. Her mix of expertise, wry humor, and brevity is incredibly entertaining. If you get the opportunity to have her on again, please do!
banrions Day ago
yesss my best girl sydney bristow getting compliments
Mike Day ago
you want to be forgettable but alias is okay ?
James Champion
Miss direction is the CIA bread & butter, they lie for living so do you actually believe anything that comes out her mouth. If all of this was true would the CIA want us to believe it, that be a NO!!!
Jessica Gore
Jessica Gore Day ago
I wish this lady was my grandma
Samantha B
Samantha B Day ago
Jonna and her husband Tony seem like one of the coolest couples ever! Imagine their offspring! And their families who may know about their job!
Dany V
Dany V Day ago
Spoiler Alert: If u were waiting for Jason Bourne for the entire video, sorry, u will waste 27 minutes of your life. U r welcome
Christopher Genee
What about team America world police?
Ada Ode
Ada Ode Day ago
Noo, the editing is so annoying 🙈
Cheyruz Day ago
When she said "but we can arrange... anything" I got a bit of a shiver down my spine Edit: "What if I said we have it?" got a similar vibe.
sleepup7931 Day ago
4:00 lol she trying to say they don't dress as reporters/religious or peace corp , they do it all the time
Gema Firdaus Putra
According to what she said at 3:10 "You wanted to be forgettable.." Dayum, I AM already a master of disguise..
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