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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  1. tria poulakia

    tria poulakiaDay ago

    She said they don't use the media or priests as cover. And she blinked one million times while saying it. She was lying. :P

  2. d k

    d kDay ago

    14:13 did she just say brits arent European lol

  3. Ida Donna Caya

    Ida Donna CayaDay ago

    Or maybe this is one of the CIA's way of tricking everyone, having her say these "things" as if they're true

  4. Sna

    SnaDay ago

    Come on, let her talk instead of playing the extracts while she"s talking !!!!

  5. nickacelvn

    nickacelvnDay ago

    Woah what a seriously cool lady. and when she breaks out the line "hes playing my husband" like its the most natural thing in the world has to be one of the coolest things iv seen ever! Her husband is a bloody hero. Argo. its a movie about him.

  6. Jen Doe Tattoos

    Jen Doe TattoosDay ago

    i sneak spy on aliens clapping cheeks. message me for details!

  7. Antonl94

    Antonl942 days ago

    yeah.. I don't believe her when she said "3 banned covers". CIA did a fake vaccine drive in Pakistan when they're trying to kill bin laden. It's not one of the covers she mentioned it feels like they'd have no problem doing those 3 if they can pose as doctors.

  8. hisham ahmed

    hisham ahmed3 days ago

    If that women is my mom I wouldn’t even have a chance to lie to her😂💔

  9. tessieract lost in space

    tessieract lost in space3 days ago

    What about the 'disguise' in Miss Congeniality 1 & 2? I wonder if it happened to real life agents too.

  10. Kenna

    Kenna3 days ago

    this editing is highly disruptive and annoying

  11. ‎ ‎

    ‎ ‎3 days ago

    former cia breaks down mk ultra project

  12. Susan Douglas

    Susan Douglas4 days ago

    i was waiting for the spy kids quick change and it never came

  13. MrLamorso

    MrLamorso4 days ago

    I was half expecting her to be in some sort of disguise and reveal it at the end

  14. Arrim Haddad

    Arrim Haddad4 days ago

    I need more videos of this woman

  15. Bert

    Bert4 days ago

    F THE CIA. Lying America into illegal wars for the benefit of corporations

  16. Leo Sumaribus

    Leo Sumaribus5 days ago

    I just finished a 27:54min USwork video.

  17. Little Carrot

    Little Carrot5 days ago

    She kinda looks like Aunt Lydia

  18. Mama Bri

    Mama Bri5 days ago

    This woman is a badass! Love her!

  19. Daniel A. Espinoza A.

    Daniel A. Espinoza A.6 days ago

    This is one is my favorites, she is awesome!

  20. Kristen Nicole

    Kristen Nicole6 days ago

    so we got her cia name or her other name?

  21. Suvii

    Suvii6 days ago

    I would like her to break down the movie Anna disguises.

  22. Kristen Nicole

    Kristen Nicole6 days ago

    would be interesting to see some Archer footage in here haha

  23. Nerdy Tech

    Nerdy Tech6 days ago

    I hate when they freeze her. hard to get a tell.

  24. AnthonyG

    AnthonyG6 days ago

    The CIA "doesn't use the media" guys it's all ok! What a bunch of bs.

  25. LighT

    LighT6 days ago

    I wonder how many stories she would have for her grandkids

  26. Богдана Мельник

    Богдана Мельник7 days ago

    I'm European and I don't start counting on my hands with the thumb, I do it just like the soldier did

  27. bish arse

    bish arse7 days ago

    She's lying

  28. abdallah wasey

    abdallah wasey7 days ago

    Oh god ain't it too short Lol

  29. Cristina Yang

    Cristina Yang7 days ago

    what if it's not even her actual face

  30. Small lee

    Small lee7 days ago

    So ur his is a badass noted

  31. オタク

    オタク7 days ago

    but can she solve the kira case?

  32. Double MW

    Double MW7 days ago

    Alright youtube I watched it

  33. Andi Maddux

    Andi Maddux8 days ago

    This was fun to watch.

  34. Dennis Van Malderen

    Dennis Van Malderen8 days ago

    Well, as a European I can say that when counting on my fingers I go: pointer finger, middle finger, ring finger. And to my knowledge it's kinda 50/50 on how people do it.

  35. Lyric Please

    Lyric Please8 days ago

    Let’s be honest, do you think she would really tell us how the CIA works 😂

  36. Time Bisvit

    Time Bisvit8 days ago

    Im already forgettable

  37. Auzsa Beatty

    Auzsa Beatty9 days ago

    What about “salt” the movie

  38. Red Rooster

    Red Rooster9 days ago

    Megan Fox THUMB

  39. Aaron Olivas

    Aaron Olivas9 days ago

    remember boys the cia comes for you you dont come to them

  40. Sarah A

    Sarah A9 days ago

    She be walking in the streets analyzing who's wearing a wig 😂

  41. circuscase

    circuscase9 days ago

    What a liar !!! But hey, orders are orders now aren't they.....

  42. as ply

    as ply10 days ago

    9:35 Suddenly i wanna rewatch Mr. & Mrs Smith


    ASMR TRANCE10 days ago

    The limping forgetfulness is fixed by placing a rock in your shoe. So the voice change forgetfulness can be fixed by placing a rock in your voice

  44. Dasha Akhten

    Dasha Akhten10 days ago

    you are my actual queen any chance i can get a reference at langley? im an award winning marksman, im in mensa, and speak fluent russian!

  45. Iva Heart

    Iva Heart10 days ago

    *Plot twist: Her real name is not Jonna Mendez and she is still Cheif of Disguise...*

  46. Tom Stafford

    Tom Stafford10 days ago

    English are European... but a cool fact about counting

  47. JM L

    JM L11 days ago

    Her husband died at the beginning of this year, I love how fondly yet professionally she talked about him, I would've cried in her place

  48. James Taylor

    James Taylor11 days ago

    I like this woman

  49. ed ude

    ed ude11 days ago

    About the clip on Inglorious Bastards Englad (despite being an Island + Brexit) and Germany are both European countries! In Europe just a very small amount of countries starts counting with the thumb, like Germany and Austria, for example, not all of Europe.

  50. J Bruce Feynman Niccolo Bentulan

    J Bruce Feynman Niccolo Bentulan12 days ago

    GENIUS COMMENTS Geoff Chisholm "I can't say whether a CIA agent wore a clown suit." So you're saying a CIA agent wore a clown suit? Nisarg Joshi Pay attention to her verbiage. “What if I told you that we have that technology” [sic] "Most of our men and probably a majority of our women would not have been caught dead in a black catsuit." So you're saying they're effective spywear?

  51. Ashley Oasis

    Ashley Oasis12 days ago

    Would she lie

  52. Reid Pattis

    Reid Pattis12 days ago

    Out of all of these clips, I'm just surprised that there's an Avengers movie in 1998.

  53. Mad Stellaris

    Mad Stellaris12 days ago

    "mY NaME's JeFf"

  54. FonFon ninesix

    FonFon ninesix12 days ago

    It was so good. Until red sparrow, disappointed

  55. Bilal Baig

    Bilal Baig13 days ago

    Mr and Mrs What???

  56. Lindsay Presley

    Lindsay Presley13 days ago

    Absolutely one of the most interesting videos on Wired. The CIA is fascinating.

  57. Bewee BW

    Bewee BW14 days ago

    This woman is amazing. Iconic, wonderful.

  58. Zotac 1060 6GB

    Zotac 1060 6GB14 days ago

    She looks like that CIA lady in RED movie

  59. lulszec 09

    lulszec 0914 days ago

    My name's Jeff

  60. Shannon Mooney

    Shannon Mooney14 days ago

    I wonder if the writers/experts working on these shows watch these clips and how they feel. Like if the people behind Alias just smiled after she said they could use that as a training clip :)