Former CIA agent happy about ‘Argo’ Oscar win

'Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment',Tony Mandez said.

Written by PTI | Los Angeles | Published:February 28, 2013 10:42 am

Tony Mendez,the former CIA agent whose real-life story has been adapted by Ben Affleck in ‘Argo’,is happy that the film has won an Oscar this year.

The retired CIA technical operations officer made his first comment on the film’s victory at the Academy Awards during an interview with Piers Morgan on Tuesday,reported Aceshowbiz.

“It was beyond belief,” Mendez,who is now 73-years-old,described his feeling upon hearing the results on Sunday.

“It was an emotional reaction,it was amazing. Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment. But it also had the high as well as the low.”

Mendez was the one who penned the book,’Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History’,which tells the story of the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans,and unfolds behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

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