Peterson didn't know it at the time, but the source, one of the most valuable the CIA had ever cultivated in the Soviet Union, had been uncovered and killed himself three weeks earlier. Her 27-year career, for which she earned the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal, included operational disguise responsibilities in the most hostile theaters of the Cold War, from Havana to Beijing to Moscow and ultimately into the Oval Office. When confronted, Ogorodnik said he would write a confession — but only with his own pen. Much of their work involved working with CIA officers in Moscow, as detailed in their new book, The Moscow Rules. "We just knew that we were picking up gold off the street," said Peterson, now retired and living in Wilmington, N.C. Jonna and Tony Mendez each served as chief of disguise at the CIA during their long careers at the spy agency. Thanks again to you both for helping us pull off a great session! Jonna will recount stories of deception as used by the Allies in the Battle of El Alamien and “D” Day. As she walked away, she was "accosted by these three men who grabbed me," she said. Her mission was to handle one of the most valuable Soviet sources the CIA had ever cultivated, a Foreign Ministry worker who saw the incoming cables from every Soviet embassy in the world. "You'd think about the people that had risked their lives to get that information on film and you'd just be so careful," she recalled. Peterson never met him. hide caption. Jonna and Tony Mendez each served as chief of disguise at the CIA during their long careers at the spy agency. But she worked another 26 years with the CIA before retiring and now lives in Wilmington, N.C. Before all these stories could be published in The Moscow Rules, Tony and Jonna Mendez had to submit their manuscript to the CIA for review. [3][4] In 1993, she retired and was awarded the CIA's Commendation Medal. Get the Spy Museum E-Newsletter. "Putin brought back some of the worst sides of the Soviet regime," said Kalugin, now 84. Peterson didn't know it at the time, but the source, one of the most valuable the CIA had ever cultivated in the Soviet Union, had been uncovered and killed himself three weeks earlier. After she was detained, CIA officer Marti Peterson was taken to the KGB headquarters, Lubyanka, in central Moscow. The Moscow Rules looks at how CIA officers evaded the suffocating security environment during the Soviet era. The Spy Museum does not endorse, approve, or support the opinions stated by the speakers. Jonna Mendez A former Chief of Disguise in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, often compared to “Q” in the Ian Fleming novels, Ms. Mendez was also a specialist in clandestine photography. A former Chief of Disguise in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, often compared to “Q” in the Ian Fleming novels, Ms. Mendez was also a specialist in clandestine photography. Tucked inside was film of top secret documents he'd photographed with a miniature camera. Courtesy of PublicAffairs She was held for four hours and kicked out of the Soviet Union the next day. Jonna Mendez, the former chief of disguise at the CIA, explains how to hide one's identity. In 1970, she joined the Office of Technical Service. Many years ago, he was Vladimir Putin's boss at the KGB and said Putin's background is essential to understanding today's Russia. CFC Designation Code: 57930, The International Spy Museum is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Much of their work involved working with CIA officers in … H. Keith Melton Collection at the International Spy Museum They had a son together. Her "cover" was to be a fun-loving clerical worker, someone Soviet security could safely ignore as it obsessively tracked actual and suspected CIA officers. He now lives outside Washington, D.C. "The Soviet KGB was a strong, powerful organization," said Kalugin, who was one of its top officers in a nearly 30-year career. Speaking of the Soviet system, whatever happened to "Party Marti" Peterson and the Soviet source she handled? H. Keith Melton Collection at the International Spy Museum Jonna served 27 years in the Office of Technical Service, the technical arm of the CIA’s operations directorate. The CIA considered it too risky to recruit Soviet citizens inside the communist country. "We were the equivalent of 'Q' in the James Bond movies," she said. After she was detained, CIA officer Marti Peterson was taken to the KGB headquarters, Lubyanka, in central Moscow. Jonna Hiestand was born in 1945 in Campbellsville, Kentucky. In the CIA, Mendez lived under cover and served tours of duty in Europe, the Far East, and the Subcontinent, and at CIA Headquarters. They were part of the Office of Technical Services. United Way NCA Designation Code: 9036 [6], Former chief of disguise for the United States Central Intelligence Agency, The Washington Post: CIA’s former ‘chief of disguise’ has a new holiday job: ‘Kids’ Gift Detective’ for Target, "Once Secret, And Now On Display; Declassified: A Spy Museum Opens This Week in Washington", "Antonio Mendez: Author of the Master of Disguise and Spy Dust", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jonna_Mendez&oldid=953940214, People of the Central Intelligence Agency, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Technical Service, This page was last edited on 29 April 2020, at 21:00.

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