Antonio Mendez, the author of Argo, was cited by Richard A. Clarke - former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the United States - as one of the top two or three CIA agents in history.
He received the Intelligence Star for his plan to rescue six Americans from revolutionary Iran, and has received the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Trailblazer Medallion. He continues to consult for the CIA. He and his wife, also a famed agent, were technical consultants on the television series The Agency and founding board members of the International Spy Museum in Washington.
Matt Baglio is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, which was published by Doubleday in 2009.
The book was turned into a film starring starring Anthony Hopkins in 2010. Baglio also served as a technical consultant on the film, which grossed nearly $100 million worldwide.
Baglio's writing also appears regularly in the Daily Mail as well as Associated Press.