FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A former CIA technical operations officer who helped rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1980 and was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film “Argo,” has died. He was 78.
A family statement and his literary agent confirmed that Antonio “Tony” Mendez died Saturday at an assisted-living center in Frederick, Maryland. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease.READ MORE: Northwestern Beats Maryland In Manning’s Coaching Debut
Specializing in covert operations, Mendez helped devise the plan under which six diplomats who were in hiding were disguised as a Canadian film crew so they could board a flight and escape the country amid the Iran hostage crisis.
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His family says he will be buried in a private ceremony at the family graveyard in Nevada.Poinsettias, Trains Help H.P. Rawlings Conservancy Get 'Back On Track'
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