Hollywood Ending

Wired Magazine: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran. Based on a True Story! Now it can be told! Seriously, this is jaw-droppingly cool. [via BoingBoing]

Then Mendez hit upon an unusual but strangely credible plan: He’d become Kevin Costa Harkins, an Irish film producer leading his preproduction crew through Iran to do some location scouting for a big-budget Hollywood epic. Mendez had contacts in Hollywood from past collaborations. (After all, they were in the same business of creating false realities.) And it wouldn’t be surprising, Mendez thought, that a handful of eccentrics from Tinseltown might be oblivious to the political situation in revolutionary Iran.