CIA gives the 'real' account of 'Argo' on Twitter

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'Argo' Tweets and Bin Laden Dolls: The CIA's Weird Week

It's been kind of a strange week for the Central Intelligence Agency.

First, the agency marked the 35-year anniversary of the first day of the Iranian hostage crisis on Tuesday, commemorating the anniversary on its official site with a brief retelling of the event from some former agents who were taken captive.

But the agency took a different approach on its official Twitter account.

The CIA Twitter account juxtaposed Ben Affleck's 2012 film "Argo," which details the successful CIA operation to evacuate six Americans trapped in Iran during the crisis by posing as a film crew, with the real-life version of events.

While the agency gave the film a glowing review, they also took the liberty of pointing out a few factual errors. The agency also tweeted some neat historical tidbits, like some of the fake documents used in the operation, and the fact that the mission was approved with the line, "See you later, exfiltrator."

Ready to separate fact from fiction for yourself? Scroll through the CIA's reel-life vs. real-life "Argo" tweets below.

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CIA gives the 'real' account of 'Argo' on Twitter
We love #Argo, @TheAcademy award winning film by @BenAffleck. Today we tell you what’s "reel" vs. "real".
Real #Argo: All involved in the operation were innovative, brave, & creative. Thank you @BenAffleck for making a film that reflects this.
Real #Argo: 5 of them went to many different places until they ended up at the homes of the Canadian Ambassador & the Dep. Chief of Mission.
Real #Argo: 1 American slept on the floor of the Swedish embassy before making his way to the Canadian Ambassador’s home after 2 weeks.
Reel #Argo: Only one CIA officer goes to Tehran to help exfiltrate the six American diplomats.
Reel #Argo: The CIA officer and the six diplomats go into town to scout locations.
Real #Argo: They never went to the marketplace to scout a location. The six hid in the Canadian’s homes for 79 days.
Reel #Argo: The mission is called off the night before they are scheduled to depart.
Real #Argo: Carter gave approval prior to the CIA team flying to Tehran, Iran. The details were approved by policymakers in Ottawa and DC.
Real #Argo: The night before the exfiltration the team received final approval; last line in that approval: "See you later, exfiltrator."
Reel #Argo: Airline tickets are not waiting at the counter and have to be rechecked before the tickets are authorized and confirmed.
Real #Argo: The Canadians had already purchased the tickets for the Americans. There were no issues at the counter nor the checkpoints.
Reel #Argo: The Americans are detained at the airport by security guards & a call is made back to “Studio Six” to verify their identity.
Real #Argo: It didn’t happen. An early flight was picked so airline officials would be sleepy & Revolutionary Guards would still be in bed.
Reel #Argo: Shredded documents are pieced together to reveal the face of one of the Americans & the plane is chased down the runway.
Real #Argo: Skilled carpet weavers did reconstruct shredded documents, but they didn’t reveal one of the Americans at the last moment.
Real #Argo: There was an hour long mechanical delay, other than that the escape could not have gone better. #nochase
Reel #Argo: The plane clears Iranian air space and the Americans cheer and celebrate.
Real #Argo: That happened; there was even a round of celebratory Bloody Marys. #ThankYouCanada
Real #ARGO: For the full firsthand account read:
Real #ARGO: An exciting movie that it kept us on the edge of our seats. Letting @BenAffleck film here? Best bad idea we've had. #ThanksBen!
FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - Ben Affleck poses with his award for best picture for "Argo" during at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP/File)
FILE - This undated publicity film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo," a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. "Argo" earned a adapted screenplay nomination from the Writers Guild on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, for outstanding screen writing. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger, File)
This image released by Warner Bros shows Alan Arkin, left, and actor-director Ben Affleck on the set of "Argo." Affleck was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best director for the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, center, in "Argo," a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. On Thursday, Dec. 13, 2013, Affleck was nominated for a Golden Globe for best director and "Argo" received a nomination for best film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)
American actors George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Ben Affleck pose with the award for Best Film, for "Argo," backstage at the BAFTA Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in London. The film was produced by Clooney and Heslov and was directed by Affleck. Allfleck also starred in the film. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

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