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Tony Mendez is best known for the 1980 #Argo operation to free US hostages in Iran, but as head of CIA’s disguise branch, he was also the architect of an “experiment in deception & illusion” that became the foundation of an operational mindset known as “#MoscowRules.”

Via @WSJ
Tony arrived in Moscow in the late 1970s w/ “some unusual cargo: enough masks, wigs, dental facades, prosthetics, makeup palettes & made-to-measure costumes to put on a magic show. If the CIA wanted to operate freely in Moscow, its agents had to disappear.” Via @WSJ
“By learning to outfox the KGB, the [CIA’s] Moscow station not only connected with #TRIGON, it scored some the biggest espionage coups in American history.” Via @WSJ

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