CIA Tweets 'Argo' Errors on Iran Crisis Anniversary

'Argo'

The agency used a telling hashtag: "#nochase"

The CIA is setting the record straight.

To mark the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, the Central Intelligence Agency posted a series of tweets Friday that playfully called to light several inaccuracies in the 2012 Oscar-winning film Argo

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For example (spoiler alert!), the film's climax involves shredded documents being reassembled to reveal a face of an American, leading to a thrilling chase as the plane manages to barely take off in time.

In reality, "skilled carpet weavers did reconstruct shredded documents, but they didn’t reveal one of the Americans at the last moment." And what about that dash down the runway? No dice. "There was an hour-long mechanical delay; other than that, the escape could not have gone better. #nochase."

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Earlier in the film, the Americans are shown getting detained in the airport, with a call being made to the fake movie studio to verify their identities. In real life, no one was detained, as a particularly early flight was chosen so Iranian Revolutionary Guards would be asleep.

Other differences involve where the Americans lived after the embassy is overtaken, and how the the plane tickets were secured. However, the CIA makes a point in its tweets of thanking Argo director Ben Affleck for making a film that portrayed everyone involved in the operation as "innovative, brave and creative."

Other differences between the "reel" and "real" versions can be seen in the tweets below. Sadly, there was no official word on how the CIA feels about Batfleck.

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