Posts by Jonna Mendez

ARGO Mastermind Tony Mendez Announces Battle With Parkinson’s Disease, Support For Focused Ultrasound

Former CIA spymaster Tony Mendez spoke publicly for the first time about his battle with Parkinson’s disease in a special session at the Symposium. Tony and his wife, Jonna, addressed his Parkinson’s diagnosis, his recent deep brain stimulation treatment, and their hope that focused ultrasound might soon be a noninvasive treatment option for others suffering.…

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‘Argo’ hero Tony Mendez battling Parkinson’s

Tony Mendez in front of one of his paintings

The Washington Post – The first time I sat down to interview Tony and Jonna Mendez was in late 2012, not long after the movie “Argo” opened and propelled the retired CIA spies into fame after living a quiet life in retirement as artists. At their secluded red carriage house along a rocky road in the…

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Parade: Tony Mendez Talks Argo, the CIA, and Edward Snowden

Parade Magazine Tony Mendez Talks Argo, the CIA, and Edward Snowden + Win a Copy of the New Argo Blu-ray If you’re a fan of the 2012 Academy Award Best Picture winner Argo, then you probably know the name Tony Mendez. Portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film, Mendez is the CIA officer who was instrumental…

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2013 Honorary Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

On Thursday, October 3, 2013 the Partnership for Public Service presented nine outstanding public servants with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies). The twelfth annual Sammies gala was held at the historic Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. This special award recognizes a former federal employee whose accomplishment decades ago is representative…

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CIA Trailblazer Tony Mendez Visits With DNI James Clapper

Office Of The Director Of National Intelligence CIA Trailblazer Tony Mendez Visits With DNI James Clapper Antonio “Tony” Mendez is a retired intelligence officer recognized in 1997 as one of the first class of CIA Trailblazer honorees. Mendez specialized in the support of clandestine and covert CIA operations. He has written three memoirs about his…

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Painting Commemorating ARGO Operation Joins Intelligence Art Gallery

CIA’s Intelligence Art Gallery recently acquired its newest item – a painting titled “ARGO – The Rescue of the Canadian Six.” The painting’s unveiling coincided with the 33rd anniversary of the ARGO operation. In this operation, CIA and Canadian officials smuggled six American diplomats out of Iran after the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy…

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