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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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Boi wot
she looks like a female version of Captain America
DarkSession van Art
Lady, i so agree, you have my like
Twm Llwynog
British = European.
the thing about quick change in a store is, there are security camera's all over stores these days.
if you just start grabbing Merchandise off the racks, and putting it on, sure as shootin, you would get picked up for shoplifting. I like the layered method better...
Flo Jones
Britain is in Europe! CIA lady is still awesome though
Afro Samuri
You never follow profiles.
Frederico Oliveira
What about Angelina Jolie disguise in Salt movie?
Not all of Europe. In Bosnia, Croatia, and other yugoslavian countries, most people prefer to count starting with the index finger because serbian sign for victory is thumb, index finger and middle finger, and most people don't like to be confused for serbs on the account of them being genocidal maniacs.
I feel like she's giving away more things then she's supposed to but I'm down with it
14:19 i live in belgium and i know no one that puts up 3 fingers like she says we do the same thing as the guy in the clip counting yes but putting up the number no
21:50 - 21:51 "I wanted yogurt you wanted me"
Tom Van Calster
I'm German, If we actually count with our fingers we start with our thumb, yes. but just to gesture an amount without the notion of counting it out first I'd never have my thumb extended. Some might but i feel this is not a thing that would be purely regional. I mean, nobody thinks i'm american. It is just ridiculous.
Michael McAnally
I don't know if I buy this woman getting away with releasing trade secrets for the CIA like this, I mean wouldn't she be seen as a security risk, for doing this? Even if these methods are outdated, they could still be used today by agents, I mean this is the CIA we're talking about surely they have better methods for getting into disguises than this?
Ludwig ra
"Priests [...] don't have any structure to protect them." Well that's a new one :D
Belinda Kaysac
I had a friend who worked in the Peace Corps and found out it was a CIA operation..after that she was followed everywhere..
Wouldn’t Sydney with the bright red hair be really noticeable though? And memorable?
This woman could probably break into a spy headquarters dressed as a spy and nobody would suspect that she's a spy.
Kisa M
What an interesting woman and subject, thank you for this!
Orions Fallen Angel
she is explaining how some things arent applicable on a movie where the passport says "1988" unless she was chief 30 years ago she wouldnt really know 100%. not that i really trust CIA to tell me the truth anyways xD
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CIA Chief Disguise Officer Opens Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks 1 day ago   1:02:16

Jonna Mendez, the fomer CIA Chief of Disguise sits down with Patrick Bet-David to talk about her life in the CIA. Make sure to subscribe to Valuetainment for the updates:

About Jonna Mendez: Jonna Hiestand Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer with over 25 years of service. When she retired in 1993 she had risen to the position of Chief of Disguise at the CIA

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