The Real Life Story of the Fake Movie Designed to Rescue American Hostages in Iran

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In 1979, as the Iranian Revolution was in high gear, militants took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage.

While the United States negotiated the release of the 52 hostages, an entirely different rescue mission was being planned for 6 other Americans who’d managed to escape and were hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's home in Tehran. The latter mission was so strange, it reads like a superhero movie. In fact, it now is a movie, hitting theaters Friday, called “Argo.”

"Argo" is based on a 2007 Wired article called "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran." Joshuah Bearman is the journalist who wrote that article. He explains the stranger than fiction story behind Ben Affleck's newest film.