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11 Feb: JOHN C. PLATT III. Rest in Peace Cowboy

JOHN C. PLATT III. REST IN PEACE COWBOY Potomac Falls, VA - John Cheney Platt III (Jack), aged 80, died unexpectedly on January 4, 2017 of advanced esophageal cancer. Jack, also known as "Cowboy," served proudly as an officer in the United States Marine Corps followed by 25 years of service in the Central Intelligence Agency. He led a life full of intrigue, mystery and adventure serving his country abroad in Austria, Laos and France. He was a natural leader, a mentor to many, and did not suffer fools lightly.  After retiring from the CIA, he formed the Hamilton Trading Group partnership that allowed him to continue training others on security awareness measures to protect themselves in a dangerous new world. He spent his last few years traveling widely with his wife and friends.  Mr. Platt, who was known as Jack, was a gruff former...

18 Oct: Former Spy Talks Argo

Former Spy Talks Argo NEW YORK -- Antonio “Tony” Mendez is the rarest of creatures: A former spy who has come out of the woodwork. His story is the subject of Ben Affleck’s new film, Argo, tipped to feature in Hollywood’s awards season. Argo is based on one of Mendez’s most remarkable missions, rescuing six Americans from Iran during the height of the 1979 hostage crisis and helping them pose as a Canadian film crew making a fictitious film calledArgo. It follows Mendez’s memoir of the same name, released in September. Mendez, 72, who was named in 1997 one of the CIA’s top 50 officers of its first 50 years, talked to Reuters about Argo the movie, the real CIA operation and current events in the Middle East. Q: Argo the film depicts the 1979 storming of the US embassy and hostage crisis. How do you compare that to...