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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  • ValerieJYL


    Il y a 2 minutes

    I bet she still wouldn't be able to catch Arya Stark.

  • sam johnson

    sam johnson

    Il y a 46 minutes

    There are no guns

  • Paul Mitten (mbvglider)

    Paul Mitten (mbvglider)

    Il y a heure

    It kind of figures that TV and film does a much better job with disguises than with other things they've had on this series. After all, it's acting! If an actor can become a character, an actor can probably portray a character becoming an actor.

  • wickedvampiregirl


    Il y a 2 heures

    When she said “voice modulation”, all I can think of is a bunch of CIA agents running around sounding like a dalek... surprisingly disturbing more than funny 😅

  • Eduardo Alonso

    Eduardo Alonso

    Il y a 2 heures

    So entertainment i didn’t realize the vid was half an hr long Not even mas



    Il y a 3 heures

    Such an interesting person. She seems like she'd be fun to hang out with. I like her sly sense of humor and I bet she has some great stories.

  • WarsOfStars


    Il y a 3 heures

    LOL i didn't even know there was a 1998 version of the avengers

  • Vargus Cornwall

    Vargus Cornwall

    Il y a 4 heures

    "I would say that we don't."

  • FazzzPlays


    Il y a 5 heures

    N9 Technology

  • Rich As F*ck

    Rich As F*ck

    Il y a 5 heures

    She's a real badass. You can smell it, sense it mile away. You don't want to mess with someone like this dame!

  • Creatip


    Il y a 6 heures

    - You are broadcasting the face of a former spy agency chief to public - Yes, but are you sure that's her real face? Even, are you sure that's a she??

  • Criticorn


    Il y a 6 heures

    Chief of Disguise is the best title ever

  • nacho0775


    Il y a 7 heures

    the editing is awful. Just let her speak.

  • CatsMeowPaw


    Il y a 8 heures

    4:20 So you'll use other covers like doctors and aid workers, putting thousands of innocent people at risk in hostile countries. You are scum.

  • D Mal

    D Mal

    Il y a 10 heures

    When Superman was created, only bad guys were masks so Superman couldn't wear a mask so the "I can't tell who you really are because of glasses " idea was invented

  • Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush

    Il y a 10 heures

    Can anyone show her Death Note and see what she thinks?

  • Arianna


    Il y a 11 heures

    This woman is made of steel. She didn't even flinch at "my name Jeff" 😂

  • MacMacMaxi


    Il y a 12 heures

    @wired Great content, and want to see more interviews with her. I know that it has been said ad nauseam, but PLEASE, STOP JUMPING BETWEEN THE INTERVIEW AND THE FOOTAGE!!!

  • pushkaruefa


    Il y a 13 heures

    This was fun! Some fast editing yes, but it was still a fun video thanks to her excellent reviews and insight!

  • David


    Il y a 14 heures

    Russians and all Marxists treat their people like dirt and their women like tools to finish a job. SAD . Sparrow is a real thing. Talk to any son of a rich American businessman who travels much and he will of met them or their handlers.

  • Matthew Hutchinson

    Matthew Hutchinson

    Il y a 14 heures

    20:05 lmao those are no where near the same. My bet is he wanted to go halfway to not be noticeable but not seem suspiciously similar to the curtains

  • Maria Achaval

    Maria Achaval

    Il y a 15 heures

    I love how none of the clips fazed her, except the pink panther and the fake nose

  • Maria Achaval

    Maria Achaval

    Il y a 15 heures

    The agent taking the L pill bit was intense. Its amazing that the agent killed themself before being tortured/ giving info away

  • GabeTheGrump


    Il y a 15 heures

    Please get a new editor the first view videos were interesting but constantly cutting them off every 5 seconds for a stupid joke is getting obnoxious not to mention how many days/weeks are wasted editing these videos going through these movies to find some line to fit in with what the guest is talking about. There's pretty much nothing to lose and a lot to gain by getting a better editor you'd have far more videos and a lot less annoyed people clicking off.

  • Mr Pupp3T

    Mr Pupp3T

    Il y a 16 heures




    Il y a 16 heures

    _"There are 3 covers that are basically off-limits to CIA"_ - Sure, sure

  • carlinhabia


    Il y a 16 heures

    This woman is amazing !! Great to watch !!

  • David S Galarza

    David S Galarza

    Il y a 16 heures

    Foreign spies taking notes

  • AHMAD_506 _

    AHMAD_506 _

    Il y a 17 heures

    Let her talk and put the clips in low volume plezzzzz

  • Dale Wilson

    Dale Wilson

    Il y a 18 heures

    RIP to her husband Tony

  • NefariousJim


    Il y a 18 heures

    Jealous of Tony Mendez that he gets to talk to her every day

  • Timothy Azbill

    Timothy Azbill

    Il y a 18 heures

    Okay pink panther is a comedy it's not even tryin to be serious

  • Rattenhoofd


    Il y a 19 heures

    "In Europe, when you count you start with your thumb." No.

  • okamivolgan


    Il y a 20 heures

    who ever edit this video, needs to stop doing what he thinks is " cool " !

  • Row Land

    Row Land

    Il y a 20 heures

    "Dont dress up as Media" as resent events have taught us..... that was a very good lie

  • Oleg Kushakov

    Oleg Kushakov

    Il y a 20 heures

    14:06 that look is actually scary, it's so meaningful... props to the actor.

  • Rachel Tremblay

    Rachel Tremblay

    Il y a 21 heure

    She’s so interesting

  • Madam Vonkook

    Madam Vonkook

    Il y a 21 heure

    @4:48 In keeping with the CIA tradition of lying. There have definitely been CIA Operatives who are also reporters

  • Floord ford

    Floord ford

    Il y a 21 heure

    Have you ever seen Zooey Deschanel without her bangs? Totally different person

  • FilipH86


    Il y a 22 heures

    What about the disguises used by the T-1000.

  • Rakib Amin

    Rakib Amin

    Il y a 23 heures

    If possible, slap that stupid editor of yours silly, please. She's trying so hard to be respectful to and also responsible about describing the L-pill suicide event in 16:10, yet the cuts completely undermine her. You guys do a bad job at editing. Period.

  • Geremias Fesalvo

    Geremias Fesalvo

    Il y a 23 heures

    You guys should get Comey to talk about FBI and the Mob as shown in Hollywood

  • TwaddleTwot


    Il y a 23 heures

    please be my grandmother :)

  • Egaru Lastinn

    Egaru Lastinn

    Il y a jour

    they had no success with changing their voices? you have to be kidding me. trans girls do it every day, but trained agents can't?

  • horrorgami


    Il y a jour

    what about FACE/OFF lmao

  • LagiNaLangAko23


    Il y a jour

    "This is pure CGI." "Of course!" LOL, I like the editing on this vid.

  • LagiNaLangAko23


    Il y a jour

    0:27 She was like, "Ugh".

  • Doran Martell

    Doran Martell

    Il y a jour

    No Jason Bourne? I am quite triggered for real.

  • Alena Kirillova

    Alena Kirillova

    Il y a jour

    I think she or they are wrong about the fingers? You do a peace sign for 'two' and then join another finger for 'three'... It's not a giveaway.

  • F dL

    F dL

    Il y a jour

    This is one of the many reasons why The Americans and Matthew Rhys won awards, just listen to what she said. And the one about masks is just crazy, it must be hot wearing that lol.

  • Rooman


    Il y a jour

    This is what you're doing: ✋✊✋✊✋✊ *This* is what *I want you to do:* ✊

  • Peter Katow

    Peter Katow

    Il y a jour

    There are no Chinese Negroes. You're welcome.

  • Aertyn


    Il y a jour

    She sounds like she has some amazing stories. Sadly, she'd have to kill anyone she told :/

  • SuPiLusikas


    Il y a jour

    No NCIS saving Ziva scene? disappointing.

  • Janelle honey-Badger

    Janelle honey-Badger

    Il y a jour

    I was surprised you never mentioned "Burn Notice" This was one of the best TV spy shows I've seen. I would've loved to hear your opinions about it. If you make another one of these videos, can you include that show?

  • Nikki van Zanen

    Nikki van Zanen

    Il y a jour

    Lol I'm dutch and I sometimes count three without my thumb. That's totally not true. It's only if you start counting with one that you use your thumb per se.. :')

  • Kat K

    Kat K

    Il y a jour

    Argo is probably the best film I've ever seen. I loved the end where they were still tense until they were out of Iran air space, since the threat of being shot down was still very real. The whole movie is very accurate

  • vila sopha

    vila sopha

    Il y a jour

    I almost lost it Cambodian flag!!!!

  • Chris Völkle

    Chris Völkle

    Il y a jour

    please get her back and let her talk about burn notice! that show was like a spy school in video form!

  • whereisawesomeness


    Il y a jour

    Here's a reminder that the CIA orchestrated countless war crimes, including torturing people who are still in Guantanamo Bay to this day

  • Chantal Perez

    Chantal Perez

    Il y a jour

    This is one of the most enjoyable Wired vids I've seen. This lady is so interesting and good at explaining things concisely and well and she's also lovely :D

  • Robert Kos

    Robert Kos

    Il y a jour

    The Canadians came up with a plan and passports to help the Americans escape Iran. The Ben Affleck movie is a total lie

  • Robert van der kroft

    Robert van der kroft

    Il y a jour

    Editor wtf are you doing . Horrible having it stop and start sort it out

  • ign Nolo / laliluza

    ign Nolo / laliluza

    Il y a jour

    Big respect to the agent who took the L pill before the enemies could do anything.

  • Nyssa Syratov

    Nyssa Syratov

    Il y a jour

    lol i love the way she says, 'louis, can't you see?' half-laughing.

  • jose ignacio Farias

    jose ignacio Farias

    Il y a jour

    This was amazingly good. And this woman is amazing

  • Nerdling


    Il y a jour

    Amanda Hugginkis

  • Open Mind

    Open Mind

    Il y a jour

    Well Hollywood making fakes longer than CIA

  • ElDuderino The last

    ElDuderino The last

    Il y a jour

    21:49 I don't want that yogurt???

  • Jacob Smith

    Jacob Smith

    Il y a jour

    *HMPH* Sounds like something a former CIA Chief of Disguise would say

  • Richie M

    Richie M

    Il y a jour

    I believe what she said 50 % of the time

  • Kondratbl


    Il y a jour

    - is a former CIA Chief of Disguise - shows up on a popular FRdownload channel to be seen by millions of people

  • hugehappygrin


    Il y a jour

    What is the official CIA take on the current president's absolute distrust of the "intelligence" community?

  • PequenoPoqui


    Il y a jour

    This editing is obnoxious and has been for many videos in this series. Countless people have complained and yet the editor continues to make otherwise interesting content deeply frustrating to watch. Please don't think you're better than the viewers and make an adjustment to this already.

  • Juan Felipe Sánchez

    Juan Felipe Sánchez

    Il y a jour

    hwy, FBI, i want to be a spy

  • Wiktoria Łukasiewicz

    Wiktoria Łukasiewicz

    Il y a jour

    ''WE DON'T'' don't they tho?

  • Wiktoria Łukasiewicz

    Wiktoria Łukasiewicz

    Il y a jour

    dental impression feels like choking. imagine that done to your entire face, crazy

  • Ember


    Il y a jour

    21:23 My Name Jeff

  • Deeplays Gaming

    Deeplays Gaming

    Il y a jour

    they wouldnt be caught dead in a catsuit, ...literally.

  • Serval Inc

    Serval Inc

    Il y a jour

    To bad she didn’t mention winter soldier Capt and widow at the mall.

  • Milica Spasojevic

    Milica Spasojevic

    Il y a jour

    I love her I want to listen to her stories for hours omggg

  • Isaac Alonzo

    Isaac Alonzo

    Il y a jour

    IRL she's a dark Colombian girl named Victoria Margarita. Also when she said "Ben Affleck played my husband Tony Mendez", that was unexpected.

  • LA Durant

    LA Durant

    Il y a jour

    Secretary Pompeo:"Lying, Cheating, & Stealing reminds you of the glory of the American experiment" -

  • Colin Sharp

    Colin Sharp

    Il y a jour

    She is making it up as she go along. Anything else would be treasonous. Don't be naive, she is still at the service of the state, spreading disinformation. Very entertaining.

  • Budz 420

    Budz 420

    Il y a jour

    Stay in place... FOR A DAY OR TWO! Diapers standard issue?

  • TorrentialGaming


    Il y a jour

    Chief of Disguise is an actual job title, that is amazing lol

  • Jackson Redstar Videography

    Jackson Redstar Videography

    Il y a jour

    she should comment on how Hillary's double disguise was after her "fainting' incident in NYC! in fact, she should do a whole segment pointing out Hillary's doubles!

  • Joelle Nealy

    Joelle Nealy

    Il y a jour

    I could seriously watch her all day.

  • Salz Berry

    Salz Berry

    Il y a jour

    Anyone sees the guy at 20:06 she said was poorly disguised? Cause I don’t 🥴

  • Opiti-Cule Prime-Tangelient-[Atlas]

    Opiti-Cule Prime-Tangelient-[Atlas]

    Il y a jour

    Olivia Elizabeth Munn army navy treason mutiny sacrilege unfiedel baby murdering

  • ZmoPaR


    Il y a jour

    She is fascinating..Not sure how I ended up watching that, but watch it I did.

  • Capra Ibex

    Capra Ibex

    Il y a jour

    I want more videos with her!!!

  • The Aura Tree

    The Aura Tree

    Il y a jour

    Awesome lady.

  • D'Hotness McAwesome

    D'Hotness McAwesome

    Il y a jour

    So, just me or does "Former CIA Chief of Disguise" not sound exactly like that kid in 4th grade says his dad is when he tells you why his dad can beat up your dad? Not just me then. Cool.

  • charliefasurf1000


    Il y a jour

    CIA has used priests as spies in Eastern Europe for decades. What a load of bs ;)

  • Matheus


    Il y a jour

    27:20 so, does anyone knows what she is mentionning there? Asking for a friend who can't handle alcohol that whell

  • David Perez

    David Perez

    Il y a jour

    "same blue"

  • CrucifyRobinHood


    Il y a jour

    I was a professional shoplifter. You guys missed a dilly when I slipped by you. I would hit major hardware outlets for thousands at a whack so often the contractor desk knew my "name" and would help me to my truck with my "purchases" everytime because they knew I was in a hurry, being a busy professional. Thirty days per county, every major hardware outlet in every county on the west coast, for seven years. It was my ex who finally figured things out. When she demanded I go shoplift beer for her I quietly slipped away and started an "Honest Job". It doesn't matter how skilled you are if you don't know when to bail.

  • Kenneth Cabauatan

    Kenneth Cabauatan

    Il y a jour

    Nice denial there, Ex-Chief of Disguise. Historically, the Vatican has a clandestine group of Friar-Spies.

  • John Malley

    John Malley

    Il y a jour

    anybody else remember when Wired was actually kinda good?