Former CIA Chief Explains How Spies Use Disguises | WIRED

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Squirmy and Grubs : Not a single person in my extensive network of family, friends, and acquaintances has yet realized that this wheelchair I’ve been using for 24 years is just a part of my disguise. Truthfully, I can walk just fine. But the enemy must never find out!

luminor007 : I would have loved it at the end if she had ripped off her mask and hair and was a black dude.

Wurmin' : I’m surprised she’s even allowed to talk about this.

Jessica Joy : 1:48 she just snatched her own wig like that Weird weird flex

Apples : When she says it’s almost impossible to (convincingly) turn a man into a woman, this is because the effects of male puberty are relatively more additive in nature. For example, it’s much more difficult to conceal things like broad shoulders, muscle definition and size, strong jawlines, etc. Overall height is often problematic as well, especially in men with heavy builds. You can’t make a man shorter or proportionately smaller, but you CAN put lifts in a woman’s shoes, pad her waist and shoulders, and apply facial prosthetics to enlarge existing features.

rick nineg : She wore a mask as she briefed Bush. What a badass. I didn't even guess!

Trush Tucker : I want to disguise to remove my social anxiety

Kimzii Hodges : She's sharing these details as these were archaic methods of disguising persons. Now they have more advanced methods of disguising persons and more intricate methods of spotting an individual dressed in disguise.

Shinzu Music : 3:02 That's some weird sashimi

Chatter Formerly Known As John Smith : This is old school with the coming facial recognition. That is why the CIA lets her talk, this is all obsolete. .

Creativ Brian : Plot twist she’s wearing a disguise

Melody : Am i the only one who thinks the disguised people look incredibly suspicious?

Sakkehattu : What you guys are missing, is that "she" is actually a 6´8, 260lb Asian-African man.

allie baba : "We can't turn a man into a woman" *enters Ru Paul*

sara helvest : I bet the only reason she hasn't been killed yet for sharing this information is probably simple.. she's the master of disguise, are we even seeing her orrr is this interview done with a current spy o.O a spy reading all these comments .. /cue xfiles theme

Anchor Bait : I want a job title that sounds like that.

DarkDutchman : Which country does she refer to with "Europe" ? As a native Dutchman I am European and as far as I know people's behaviour in Europe is different per country you go to.

ayan Nuur : Americans are usually recognized in other countries because they're loud, entitled slobs who think they're the smartest person in the room but are almost always the stupidest 😂

BighypeBeats : @3:27 "it is almost impossible to turn a man into a woman". She clearly never been to tailand

Aref Eshghi : Just think about introducing yourself : "Hi! I am the chief of disguise!" LOL! :))

MrMcSnuffyFluffy : I was waiting for Tom Cruise to pull "her" face off.

El Presidente : I don't know if anybody knows this but Trump is not actually orange that's just a disguise.

Sarah Cofer : Fake disguises are always noticeable. The best disguises are the people who naturally blend into the background. The people you never look twice at. Meaning you can't be too pretty. You can't be too ugly. Your features have to be bland. A fake disguise can fall off or be yanked off. A womans body will always be paid more attention to so to alter it will be more easily noticeable. You have to be a brilliant linguist to speak a foreign language perfectly or mimic an accent. Ghosts don't wear disguises. They just get in and get out without ever being noticed. They are the epitome of nondescript.


SengirShowsU : She should update her european posture data :D

Kenna Parker : I actually traveled to europe and blended in so well, people mistakenly took me as a german, asking me for directions. I tried to dress the way they would and act the way they would and I can say, it truly is effective.

Paul Evans : An over-abundance of stereotyping and American paranoia! She makes it sound as though Parisians prey upon American tourists. The reality is that pick-pockets and other criminals will target FOREIGN TOURISTS, because they know that they are likely to be far less Paris-street-wise than French people. I hate to tell you, but the biggest give-away is when you speak. As soon as they hear English (so you can be American, Australian, British or whatever), they think "Tourist. Money. Target". They don't care about your baseball cap or if you lean when you stand.

Michał Gęstwa : This man knows what he's talking about.

ハーミピュン : "I would mention that it's almost impossible to turn men into women" Japanese: Nop

Rew Fisher : I like the disappearing white shirt trick. I used to use a fake collar on my t-shirts when I was 18 to get into night clubs, Collar only. Once inside of it came and looking cool lol

Victor Chang : Kept thinking about Inglorious Basterds and that bar scene. THREE FINGERS

Amber Chatterton : I was waiting the whole time for her to take a mask off

Satan, The Skinny Whale Legend : What if it’s a actually a younger guy disguised as an old woman…

sym prole : quick tips for beginner level con artists.


Andrew Christoffel : So I guess I'm going to try quick changing in literally every crowd I'm in now...

Panda ツ ¿ : It would have been funny and amazing if she was wearing a mask the whole time and at the end she peeled it off.... what a legend

Shae Mills : This is outdated. Being an agent is an art, not a job.

aa a : who changes hands with utensils? I have never seen that.

J. Montrice : This is the most fascinating thing I've ever watched on YouTube I had no desire to look at my iPhone the whole time. I could have watched another hour of this. Amazing!

Comet with Bleach : Now that I edited my comment, no ones reply makes sense.

Acid Lamb : people in europe often do not stand perfectly straight but in contrapost just like americans cause its more comfy we also do not smoke like that cause its less practical

Bianca Aletti : best people to hire: androgynous people lol

ShowS : I'm European (Italian, specifically) and I do move the fork between my hands.

ChildeHaroldsKillgrimage : I heard it all comes down to whether or not you're turtley enough for the Turtle Club.

Rockas360 : She's the Master of Disguise!

Maeve Aitken : Become another person... Become another person... Become another person... (Slowly changes accent) Become another person... Become another person...

Maya Rouillard : I can always tell an American because of their teeth. Especially Californians, somebody with really nice and white teeth is usually American. Not that dental hygiene is overlooked in other countries, but it's more of a health thing than a cosmetic thing. I've noticed that most Americans pay to have their teeth whitened or straightened (with braces) just to get that "movie star" smile look, where it just isn't as big of a deal to have perfectly straight or white teeth anywhere else, as long as you brush 2x a day you're fine. But yeah, I'm afraid that's a bit harder to change, but perfect teeth is a dead giveaway.

Meme Meme : 4:35 shroud, is that you?

King Kalmia : Disguises, like Shrek and onions, have layers.