Jonna Mendez

Jonna Mendez

Former CIA Intelligence Officer and Author of The Moscow Rules

Jonna Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer with 27 years of service, serving tours of duty in Europe, South Asia and the Far East.

She joined the CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS) in early 1970, an office often compared to the “Q” Branch in the James Bond movies. She trained the CIA’s most highly placed foreign assets, in some of the least hospitable countries in the world, in the use of spy cameras and intelligence processing. As Chief of Disguise she was responsible for a worldwide staff that created identity transformations for CIA officers and foreign assets.

Since retiring, Jonna has continued her career as a fine art photographer and an author. She and her husband, Antonio J. Mendez, have collaborated on several books about their work during the last decade of the Cold War, including Spy Dust, Argo and The Moscow Rules. Jonna has been featured in The Washington Post, Wired.com, NPR, Foreign Policy and Morning Joe.