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The CIA takes time out of its busy schedule to troll ‘Argo’

CIA talks Argo

To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the Central Intelligence Agency gave a little shout out to Argo via Twitter, according to THR. The trolling began on Friday, and consisted of several tweets describing what the filmmakers got wrong.

The tweets were mostly good natured and positive, picking out what was accurate and what wasn’t about the 2012 Best Motion Picture Academy Award winner. The 20+ tweets were posted under the headers “Real Argo,” and “Reel Argo,” and were hopefully posted by a professional social media expert for the CIA, and not an analyst pulled off of the Iranian desk in order to mess with Ben Affleck.

The CIA’s Twitter page reads “We are the Nation’s first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go.” Putting aside the bizarre reality that one of the most secretive organizations in the world even has a Twitter page, the trolling was actually fairly revealing in regards to the true events.

The film chronicles the real life(ish) story of a group of six Americans that were trapped in Tehran, Iran, during the Iranian Revolution in 1979. After the American Embassy was stormed, several Americans were held prisoner, kicking off a historic International Crisis. Six Americans got away though, and made their way to the residence of the Canadian Ambassador. In order to extract them, the CIA cooked up a plan to pose as Canadian filmmakers hoping to shoot a movie called “Argo” in Iran.

The film starred and was directed by Ben Affleck. The film was nominated for seven Oscars; it won three, including Best Picture.

(There are a few, minor spoilers here regarding the film. Feel free to skip the next paragraph if you haven’t seen the film, but plan to.)

Based on the tweets, the film was fairly accurate, with a few notable exceptions, but those exceptions are completely understandable. For example, in the film, the team of Americans posing as filmmakers barely makes it out of Iranian airspace before the truth comes out. The reality was equally tense, as the plane was grounded for an hour due to mechanical issues, but it took off safely and the Iranians were none the wiser. The Hollywood version is a bit more exciting, but it highlights the tension the real people must have felt.

The CIA even posted a link to a detailed account of the true story, just for good measure.

The CIA signed off with a shout out to both Ben Affleck, and to itself.



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