Spy Dust
September 17, 2002
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Antonio J. Mendez

Antonio Mendez was born in Eureka, Nevada and worked as a plumber and illustrator before joining the CIA's technical services staff and ultimately becoming its Chief of Disguise. He earned the CIA's Intelligence Star of Valor for his role in engineering the escape of six Americans from Tehran in 1980. On the fiftieth anniversary of the CIA, he was-named one of the fifty a11-time stars of the spy trade arid was honored with the Trailblazer Award. He retired from the CIA in 1990.

Jonna Mendez was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and served for twenty-seven years in the CIA in a variety of positions, corning aboard as a secretary and advancing to a technical operations officer. She also served as Chief of Disguise. She retired in 1993.

Both are consultants for the CBS television series The Agency, and are board members of the International Spy Museum, in Washington, DC. Visit the authors at their Web site:

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