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Former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, Jonna Mendez, explains how disguises are used in the CIA, and what aspects to the deception make for an effective disguise. You can watch new episodes of WIRED MASTERMINDS on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV: Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► Also, check out the free WIRED channel on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. Here you can find your favorite WIRED shows and new episodes of our latest hit series Masterminds. ABOUT WIRED WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture. Former CIA Operative Explains How Spies Use Disguises | WIRED


Jason Barnes : This was wildly fascinating. I needed three more hours of this.

Hocke Junior : 'anytime you approach Notre Dame' hmmmmmmmm

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

Kathleen Argueta : "You didn't want them to think you had escaped. You wanted them to think they had lost you" Oof that gave me chills 😤😤😤😤😤😤

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

NUKE : 0:50 "Your biggest concern might be that your next door neighbor is gonna wander into that Cafe and say Oh Hi Mark" I'm dying xDDD

Bianca Aletti : best people to hire: androgynous people lol

La rissa : You can always recognize Americans in Europe because they are the only ones who wear gym clothes 24/7 for whatever reason.

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

korkz808 : was anyone else hoping she was in disguise??

ilyanna : Former CIA Chief Explains How Spies *Used* Disguises if they're able to give this information away to the public and potential enemies, they are one step ahead.

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

SymmetraMainBtw Lol : Imagine how many disguised people you have seen and didnt notice


xd : Would be epic if in the end she removed a mask/wig and makeup and fooled us all. I guess I watch too many plot twist movies lol

337 337 : I like when the CIA disguised themselves as drug dealers. The tons of cocaine and heroin they smuggled into America really helped the whole thing too.

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.

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.

CheesecakeLasagna : Pfft. White Chicks has better disguises.

Annika : A dead giveaway for Americans is that they are sooo loud talkers

Mars : Didn't know Angela Merkel worked for the CIA lol

AdmiralBiat : Starting 04:12 I do everything she listed the american way and I'm European lol

os Pe : The chief of disguise for hollywood just hands out glasses and baseball caps

JAB : Day23: they still don't realize I'm not a vacuum cleaner.

louandlilly Typhoon : She said so much yet so little.... okay CIA 😏

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

Gazelle Tanglao : *Everyone in this video is suspicious*

sarah mc hugh : But the disguised person doesn't look right. Her eyes make her look like a young woman.

Ravenous youth : Putting your weight on one leg is called "contrapposto stance". It has been depicted in paintings since the renaissance (i.e Europe ) . It is not American, it's human . It's still a classic life drawing pose because it gives the model a fluid natural look

Chris Richardson : Jonna is my family and I can attest this was fascinating despite countless conversations on the topic. She always seems to have new bits of info and insight to educate and entertain. She also makes a very convincing middle-aged man. If you're ever in DC, you gotta check out the Spy Museum - way, way cool. RIP Tony

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!

GREAT VALUE Bleach : How do I even start to get that job

RedIroncool : Is it me or would it have been that much cooler if it then turned out that she was in a disguise?

Retasya Badudu : I accidentally read this as "Former CIA Chef" and was so confused for a while😂

Luvaris : The stuff she says about Europeans holding their cigarettes between thumb and forefinger is not really true

M Seats : "Everytime you approach Notre Dame Cathedral..." *No.*

Ice and Heart. : " It's almost impossible to turn a man into a woman " It's because David Bowie never worked for you.

Zarpin : Just weird to think the last stranger you walked past or talked to could be the president in disguise, or a foreign country looking to attack, who knows...

This Youtube Account Is Sponsored By The Letter Ë : Ok then my decision is made I'm gonna be a spy when I grow up

Kevyn Cooper : 5:14 Did she conceal the notre dame fire too?

Remy : This is why I have no idea how Natasha Romanoff is a good spy. She is so recognizable.

Rudrajit Saha : Beginning of the Video: Me- "Look at her face, such experience" After Video ended: Me-"Was that her real face?"

NotArnar : I'm European (Finnish) and have always stood with only one leg supporting my body. I somehow started subconsiously standing with both legs supporting my body after watching this video for the first time.

Gimmie a 1000 subs without videos : Okay Scooby, pull of the mask *Pulls of the mask And I would’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids

YellowPaperClip : Best Spy Is Melissa McCarthy 😅😂

History Of Us : "Europeans tend to hold their cigarettes between the thumb and forefinger." I don't know where you're getting your intel, but no we don't.

The Thundercool : Wanna desguise an antropomorphic human-size turtle? Trench coat, hat, and a backpack would do the trick.

Jonna Heijke : I was robbed in Paris TWICE! (been there three times) Second time I took it back though, cause he got stuck so couldnt run away. Still sucks though. Im over Paris.

Mr Trick. : Arya Stark: Hold my beer...