Argo’s true story of the rescue of American diplomats during the Iranian revolution won multiple Oscars, Writers, Producers, and Screen Actors Guild awards, and shored up Ben Affleck’s credentials as a director. Still, it’s proven less popular with some of its real-life participants. Iranians didn’t much care for the way their country was depicted as American-hating hostage-takers, and New Zealand didn’t like its role being overlooked. Now, two years after Argo’s release, the CIA has offered its own review.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CIA is celebrating the real rescue’s 35th anniversary by giving Argo an old fashioned Twitter slam. With its signature timeliness on full display, the CIA’s findings have been organized according to “Real” and “Reel” Argo tweets.
Presumably the result of years of coordination between operatives and analysts, the CIA has brought to light key details that Argo misrepresented. The CIA may even have learned that some of these details were already exposed back in 2012, including fact-checking provided by the operative played by Affleck.
If Ben Affleck could only make slightly inaccurate movies about Benghazi, the Iran-Contra affair, Kennedy’s assassination, and what really happened to Hitler, maybe the CIA would finally give us some closure on the past century.