THE MOSCOW RULES

From the spymaster and inspiration for the movie Argo: how a group of brilliant but under-supported CIA operatives developed breakthrough spy tactics that helped turn the tide of the Cold War

The Moscow Rules tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. As experts in disguise, Antonio and Jonna were instrumental in creating and honing a series of tactics that allowed officers to finally get one step ahead of the KGB. These techniques included everything from elaborate, Hollywood-inspired identity swaps, to deception or evasion techniques, to more mundane document forgery. With these new guidelines in place, and with an armory of new gadgets perfected by the Office of Technical Services including miniature cameras, suitcase release body doubles, and wall rappelling mechanisms, the CIA managed to gain a foothold in Moscow and pull off some of the greatest intelligence operations in the history of espionage.

BOOK TOUR

May 20 - New York, NY

Barnes & Noble

May 21

Book available for purchase online.

May 29 - Washington D.C.

International Spy Museum

June 19 - Dallas, TX

World Affairs Council

June 25 - San Francisco, CA

The Commonwealth Club

June 26 - Seattle, WA

Town Hall Seattle

BOOKS

The Mendez’s have written four books, The Moscow Rules, Argo, Spy Dust, and The Master of Disguise, which are currently available on this site. These books are highly recommended reading for new recruits in the US Intelligence Community, and are part of the curriculum at Universities and in the Intelligence Community.

AUTHOR, JONNA MENDEZ SIGNATURE AVAILABLE

AUTHOR, JONNA MENDEZ SIGNATURE AVAILABLE

TONY & JONNA MENDEZ

Tony and Jonna Mendez are former CIA Intelligence Officers with 52 years of combined service. Both served as the CIA’s Chief of Disguise. On the CIA’s 50th anniversary, Tony was chosen as one of the CIA’s top 50 officers for its first 50 years.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Join us for speaking events, book talks, and discussions about the world of espionage and spy craft.

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LATEST NEWS

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CBS News - The International Spy Museum reopens, lifting veil of those

CBS News – The International Spy Museum reopens, lifting veil of those “working in the shadows”

CBS NEWS
In 1777, Gen. George Washington established the country’s first spy network to take on the British during the Revolutionary War. That is where America’s spy story begins, but the $162 million International Spy Museum, in Washington, D.C., is re-imagining what spycraft looks like today.

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The new Spy Museum is bigger, bolder and more beautiful. Here are the 10 things you shouldn’t miss.

The Washington Post – The new Spy Museum is bigger, bolder and more beautiful. Here are the 10 things you shouldn’t miss.

THE WASHINGTON POST
The familiar sleek lines of James Bond’s Aston Martin greet visitors in the modern glass lobby of the new International Spy Museum, a welcome nod to the institution’s entertaining roots. But suspended overhead is an Amber Drone, precursor of the CIA’s remotely piloted Predator aircraft and an early clue that the new version brings a little edge to the fun and games.

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

WIRED – 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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Gov. Hogan accepts Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival

WDVM-TV – Gov. Hogan accepts Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival

WDVM-TV
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Jonna Mendez got the chance to talk Friday at the VIP reception for the Maryland International Film Festival. Mendez says it was an honor to award Gov. Hogan with the Mendez award, named after her late husband Tony Mendez.

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Tony Mendez

Tony Mendez, ‘Argo’ spy who smuggled U.S. hostages out of Iran during crisis, dies at 78

THE WASHINGTON POST
A forgery artist and master of disguise for the CIA, Tony Mendez once transformed a black agent and an Asian diplomat into a pair of white business executives, using masks that gave them an uncanny resemblance to the movie stars Victor Mature and Rex Harrison.

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How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

Wired Masterminds – How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

WIRED MASTERMINDS
Former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, Jonna Mendez, explains how disguises are used in the CIA, and what aspects to the deception make for an effective disguise.

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TimesTalks D.C. - Jennifer Lawrence, Francis Lawrence and Jonna Mendez

TimesTalks D.C. – Jennifer Lawrence, Francis Lawrence and Jonna Mendez

TIMES TALKS D.C.
Join us in Washington, D.C., for a rare conversation with Academy Award–winning actress Jennifer Lawrence about Russian espionage, double–dealing and female empowerment – the subjects of the new spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” opening nationwide March 2.

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Unpacking the Russia Story with the Experts Who Have Covered It

International Spy Museum – Unpacking the Russia Story with the Experts Who Have Covered It

INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM
Reporters Michael Schmidt and Scott Shane, joined by a former CIA officer and chief of disguise, Jonna Hiestand Mendez, will explain all they know — and don’t know— and take you behind the reporting scenes in a discussion moderated by the Times editor who has worked on many of these stories, Mark Mazzetti.

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The New York Times - Master of Disguise, Jonna Mendez

The New York Times – Master of Disguise: Jonna Mendez

THE NEW YORK TIMES
We’re with Jonna Mendez, also known as the “master of disguise,” to discuss her 27 years of work at the CIA. She’ll show us some of her best-kept disguise secrets too. Comment with questions, and NYT reporter Matthew Rosenberg will ask some.

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