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

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



  • - is a former CIA Chief of Disguise - shows up on a popular TRvision channel to be seen by millions of people

    KondratblKondratbl10 dakika önce
  • What is the official CIA take on the current president's absolute distrust of the "intelligence" community?

    hugehappygrinhugehappygrinSaatler önce
  • 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.

    PequenoPoquiPequenoPoqui2 saatler önce
  • hwy, FBI, i want to be a spy

    Juan Felipe SánchezJuan Felipe Sánchez2 saatler önce
  • ''WE DON'T'' don't they tho?

    Wiktoria ŁukasiewiczWiktoria Łukasiewicz2 saatler önce
  • dental impression feels like choking. imagine that done to your entire face, crazy

    Wiktoria ŁukasiewiczWiktoria Łukasiewicz3 saatler önce
  • 21:23 My Name Jeff

    EmberEmber3 saatler önce
  • they wouldnt be caught dead in a catsuit, ...literally.

    Deeplays GamingDeeplays Gaming3 saatler önce
  • To bad she didn’t mention winter soldier Capt and widow at the mall.

    Serval IncServal Inc3 saatler önce
  • I love her I want to listen to her stories for hours omggg

    Milica SpasojevicMilica Spasojevic3 saatler önce
  • IRL she's a dark Colombian girl named Victoria Margarita. Also when she said "Ben Affleck played my husband Tony Mendez", that was unexpected.

    Isaac AlonzoIsaac Alonzo4 saatler önce
  • Secretary Pompeo:"Lying, Cheating, & Stealing reminds you of the glory of the American experiment" -

    LA DurantLA Durant4 saatler önce
  • 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.

    Colin SharpColin Sharp4 saatler önce
  • Stay in place... FOR A DAY OR TWO! Diapers standard issue?

    Budz 420Budz 4205 saatler önce
  • Chief of Disguise is an actual job title, that is amazing lol

    TorrentialGamingTorrentialGaming6 saatler önce
  • 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!

    Jackson Redstar VideographyJackson Redstar Videography6 saatler önce
  • I could seriously watch her all day.

    Joelle NealyJoelle Nealy7 saatler önce
  • Anyone sees the guy at 20:06 she said was poorly disguised? Cause I don’t 🥴

    Salz BerrySalz Berry7 saatler önce
  • Olivia Elizabeth Munn army navy treason mutiny sacrilege unfiedel baby murdering

    Opiti-Cule Prime-Tangelient-[Atlas]Opiti-Cule Prime-Tangelient-[Atlas]7 saatler önce
  • She is fascinating..Not sure how I ended up watching that, but watch it I did.

    ZmoPaRZmoPaR7 saatler önce
  • I want more videos with her!!!

    Capra IbexCapra Ibex7 saatler önce
  • Awesome lady.

    The Aura TreeThe Aura Tree8 saatler önce
  • 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.

    D'Hotness McAwesomeD'Hotness McAwesome8 saatler önce
  • CIA has used priests as spies in Eastern Europe for decades. What a load of bs ;)

    charliefasurf1000charliefasurf10008 saatler önce
  • 27:20 so, does anyone knows what she is mentionning there? Asking for a friend who can't handle alcohol that whell

    MatheusMatheus8 saatler önce
  • "same blue"

    David PerezDavid Perez9 saatler önce
  • 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.

    CrucifyRobinHoodCrucifyRobinHood9 saatler önce
  • Nice denial there, Ex-Chief of Disguise. Historically, the Vatican has a clandestine group of Friar-Spies.

    Kenneth CabauatanKenneth Cabauatan9 saatler önce
  • anybody else remember when Wired was actually kinda good?

    John MalleyJohn Malley9 saatler önce
  • Diversity hire

    Eric RhodesEric Rhodes9 saatler önce
  • don't need an expert to tell me crappy tv shows and movies are unrealistic.

    John MalleyJohn Malley9 saatler önce
  • This was extremely interesting but I could not finish the video because of the annoying audio you keep putting in while Jonna speaks.

    Michaela WendtMichaela Wendt9 saatler önce
  • "Spies in the skies"

    jekanyikajekanyika10 saatler önce
  • Or just use /disguise

    Jan 2Jan 210 saatler önce
  • mole on the wrong side of the face

    Samo KetišSamo Ketiš10 saatler önce
  • "We can arrange... anything." Quote of the video.

    Louis JonesLouis Jones10 saatler önce
  • 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.

    Willmanis1Willmanis110 saatler önce
  • 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

    Darin WDarin W11 saatler önce
  • she is amazing - calm, sweet, smart... and terrifying! please just have her tell stories, so into it

    Andrea SmirleAndrea Smirle12 saatler önce
  • 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.

    Ivory OasisIvory Oasis12 saatler önce
  • "There are ways not to get drunk", I need that

    Gabriel GuttGabriel Gutt12 saatler önce
  • 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!

    Manatee ManManatee Man12 saatler önce
  • yesss my best girl sydney bristow getting compliments

    banrionsbanrions13 saatler önce
  • you want to be forgettable but alias is okay ?

    MikeMike13 saatler önce
  • 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!!!

    James ChampionJames Champion13 saatler önce
  • I wish this lady was my grandma

    Jessica GoreJessica Gore13 saatler önce
  • 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!

    Samantha BSamantha B14 saatler önce
  • 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

    Dany VDany V14 saatler önce
  • What about team America world police?

    Christopher GeneeChristopher Genee14 saatler önce
  • Noo, the editing is so annoying 🙈

    Ada OdeAda Ode15 saatler önce
  • 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.

    CheyruzCheyruz15 saatler önce
  • 4:00 lol she trying to say they don't dress as reporters/religious or peace corp , they do it all the time

    sleepup7931sleepup793115 saatler önce
  • According to what she said at 3:10 "You wanted to be forgettable.." Dayum, I AM already a master of disguise..

    Gema Firdaus PutraGema Firdaus Putra15 saatler önce
  • I was kinda excited to watch this, but a minute into the video I realized it was edited by the same person who edited the video about hackers. It's terrible. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Cutting into people's speech with other videos is not funny, not interesting and it's an awful editing practice. Never EVER do this. And I hope you're gonna re-edit and reupload this one, because I'd actually like to watch that.

    Agent_AshAgent_Ash16 saatler önce

    ballnutzballnutz16 saatler önce
  • dont believe her folks. the media has been used often. it has come to light since 2016. they may not actually pose as media but they LEAK LIES like a motherflubber.

    ballnutzballnutz16 saatler önce
  • I love these videos, she's incredibly experienced and gives precious and interesting insights on the real deal of undercover operations. Very, very interesting and well conducted.

    Dave BertolettiDave Bertoletti17 saatler önce
  • This lady is about to come down with a fatal case of depression.

    L JL J19 saatler önce
  • Amazing content, editing nearly ruined the entire video though

    SushiLeaderSushiLeader19 saatler önce

    Mateusz KaczmarczykMateusz Kaczmarczyk20 saatler önce
  • finally something that is not james charles or tati related

    demetria alikademetria alika20 saatler önce
  • Wouldn't pretend to be media you say... interesting.

    PGTMR2PGTMR221 saatler önce
  • Priest are "too vulnerable"? Really?

    Rodrigo ForenseRodrigo Forense21 saatler önce
  • Omg, she's hardcore!

    torkamarinumtorkamarinum22 saatler önce
  • Wait what? Europeans starts counting with their thumb??? Mind Blown

    Ceilvia CCeilvia C22 saatler önce
  • Ok can I get an RIP for the secret agent who died before betraying his country and giving them the satisfaction of torturing them? 🖤👏🏻👆🏻

    Summer RaineSummer Raine22 saatler önce
    • Amen!!

      NicaNica13 saatler önce
  • Wear Hi-Vis and you can get anywhere and steal anything.

    The Dragon RebornThe Dragon Reborn22 saatler önce
  • The editing was annoying

    Rebecca GreenwoodRebecca Greenwood23 saatler önce
  • This woman would make her point much better if a the end, she pulled off her mask and was a man.

    Randy SwellburgRandy Swellburg23 saatler önce
  • I can't find the previous video she was in.

    CallMeKesCallMeKesGün önce
  • This is so interesting, too many edits though. Why do the characters need to be responding to her?

    DallasDallasGün önce
  • I wonder how much of what she said is actual misinformation and how much was true?

    Habitt5253Habitt5253Gün önce
  • No CIA in the media lmfao

    TheNaturalTheNaturalGün önce
  • Plot twist...that's not even Jonna Mendez...

    CJ SchmittCJ SchmittGün önce
  • "Poor Lois." LOL

    Arielle MacuchArielle MacuchGün önce
  • Where is the other video? I need more CIA stories.

    ChrisTrippChrisTrippGün önce
  • laughable she thinks the CIA knows every under cover operation that goes on. they dont use the media what bollocks what about argo .if you hear a gun shot do you doubt it because you cannot see it

    iggy iggyiggy iggyGün önce
  • I wanna be this lady when i grow up

    Undead!Undead!Gün önce
  • This broad is no nonsense

    chadgrovchadgrovGün önce
  • She should have reviewed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.. clearly they are disguise experts.. nobody recognize them, even as they are the ONLY walking, talking, human-sized sentient turtles -- and only because they wear eye-masks!

    PhrontDoorPhrontDoorGün önce
  • please have Mrs Mendez do a story series. or an AMA. ummm reddit?

    Frank GalloFrank GalloGün önce
  • RIP Tony Mendez :-( This must've been filmed before January.

    RandyRandyGün önce
  • Imagine being half as cool as her

    Kenyah McIntosh-BrownKenyah McIntosh-BrownGün önce
  • Her husband passed away earlier this year. You could see the pain on her face.

    Aragon 78Aragon 78Gün önce
  • Having her comment on Supermans disguise was kind of dumb, because Superman wears Kryptonian Plexiglasses that help him control his lazer eyes, but also semi-hypnotize people into forgetting he looks like Superman. She probably didn't know.

    William OlesenWilliam OlesenGün önce
  • and there are no better alias names then supernatural james and dean, agents spears and agent aguilera lol

    ratty potterratty potterGün önce
  • plot twist: She's wearing a disguise rn and in every picture the internet has of her ;)

    raresx01raresx01Gün önce
  • the best face mask belongs to the movie TEAM AMERICA , look for the following phrase in youtube " team america valmorification "

    ratty potterratty potterGün önce
  • When she said ben affleck plays her husband i was like, ahh a fan girl, but no its her actual husband holy crap this woman is amazing

    Cookies_ZoeCookies_ZoeGün önce
  • This was really good...EXCEPT that Argo was utter BS. It was an entirely Canadian operation to rescue the six stranded US embassy personnel; the CIA were merely kept informed of its progress. Ben Affleck's movie was a travesty of the facts. This woman would have known that, and should've said so.

    mydogdelimydogdeliGün önce
  • "Priest are too vulnerable." Bwahahahahaha!!! They're the child molestors. Give me a f*ckin´ break, lady!

    Sascha RöberSascha RöberGün önce
  • 21:23

    No OneNo OneGün önce
  • The body language changed at "...we don't use media..." She's got the religious and peace corps line down though.

    grumpybillgrumpybillGün önce
  • 21:22 haha he said my nam jeff that be a bruh moment roflmao

    _Gaszy __Gaszy _Gün önce
  • Thank you for sharing with us your knowledge. Allah Wakbar 🧕🏾🕌💣💥🧔🏿🐪

    IIGün önce
  • Me: OMG Argo... I wonder if she’s seen it... Me: She’s CIA and it’s Argo, of course she’s seen it... Her: Baffleck actually played my husband... Me: 🤯🤯🤯

    The Art of FlyingThe Art of FlyingGün önce
  • Deberia estar testificando en tribunales internacionales

    Wasoncubot P11Wasoncubot P11Gün önce
  • she is so fun!!!

    Angelica SamAngelica SamGün önce
  • whoa whoa my man Jason Bourne is above the CIA and doesnt exist ergo he gets the goods

    John EvansJohn EvansGün önce
  • I actually like how many movies got it right, thats pretty cool.

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