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Source: Fox News

Tony Mendez, former CIA officer portrayed in 'Argo,' dead at 78

Monday 20:54 GMT

A former CIA technical operations officer whose role in rescuing six American diplomats from Iran in 1980 was immortalized in the Academy Award-winning drama "Argo" has died. Antonio "Tony" Mendez was 78.

Mendez, who joined the CIA after he was recruited in 1965, spent his 25-year career working undercover in Cold War battlegrounds, including the Soviet Union. Working as a "chief of disguise," Mendez and his workers helped secret agents remain secret through creating false documents and disguises, according to a biography for his first book, "The Master of Disguise; My Secret Life in the CIA."

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Source: Global News

Tony Mendez, former CIA officer and inspiration for ‘Argo’, dies at 78

Monday 03:19 GMT

Tony Mendez, the former CIA technical operations officer who orchestrated the 1980 rescue of six American diplomats from Iran and who was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the Academy Award-winning film Argo, has died.

#RIPTonyMendez. Mendez is the author of three memoirs, including Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA; Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations that Helped Win the Cold War with his wife Jonna, who is a 27-year veteran of the CIA; and Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, upon which Argo is based.

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Source: CTV

Extreme cold, heavy snow settle in over Central and Eastern Canada

Monday 16:19 GMT

Much of Eastern and Central Canada is being battered by a fierce winter storm that's bringing icy cold winds and could dump as much as 50 centimetres of snow in some regions.

Environment Canada has issued a dual winter storm and extreme cold warning for Ottawa, which could see an addition 5 to 15 centimetres of snow along with wind chill values near -35 to -40. Nova Scotia will see five to 15 centimetres of snow today followed by 30 to 60 millimetres of rain over much of the province's mainland, coupled with strong winds gusting up to 100 km/h this afternoon and tonight.

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Source: BBC

CIA spy who inspired Argo dies

Monday 16:19 GMT

"I've always considered myself to be an artist first," he told the Washington Post, "and for 25 years I was a pretty good spy."

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell tweeted that Mr Mendez "was one of the best officers to ever serve at CIA.". "His work was unique, and it help [sic] to protect our nation in significant ways." Born in 1940, Mr Mendez worked as a draftsman after graduating university and joined the CIA after answering a blind advert for a graphic artist.

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