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The Real Argo

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Learn the real story behind the Academy Award-winning movie “Argo” from the people who actually inspired the film. Locked Up Abroad sits down with Antonio Mendez — the former CIA officer portrayed in the movie by Ben Affleck — along with former hostages Mark Lijek and Cora Amburn-Lijek. Combining archival news footage with their first-person accounts, see how the CIA rescued six American diplomats from Tehran, Iran, by having them pose as a movie crew.

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