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Argo Author to Keynote CSO Roundtable Conference

18 February 2013

Argo author Tony Mendez will keynote the CSO Roundtable's 6th Annual Spring Conference, March 4, at the University Club in Chicago, IL.

For 25 years Tony Mendez worked under cover, participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. To his friends he was a quiet bureaucrat working for the U.S. military. To the CIA he was their disguise master. He moved into the CIA’s executive rank over the course of his career. Mendez and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, allowing them to move securely around the world.

In January 1980 he led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This rescue operation, the subject of a book by Tony and the new award-winning film Argo by Ben Affleck, involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in LA. He was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting this operation.

Attendees will receive a signed copy of Argo. Mendez will also pose for photos with attendees.


This event is open to members of the CSO Roundtable and those who are eligible for membership. Learn more about the CSO Roundtable membership.

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