Follow along as the CIA tells the real story (and checks the facts) of Argo

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Nov 10, 2014

Along with piling up a fair share of awards, the true-ish rescue story of Argo was also framed around an awesome fake sci-fi film. But how much of the 2013 thriller is actually accurate?

The 2013 film, which starred and was directed by Ben Affleck, told the story of a CIA agent sent to help extract some U.S. citizens trapped in the Iranian hostage crisis. The cover story for getting in and out of the country? They’re making a huge, crazy (and completely fake) science fiction film.

Though the film follows many of the main elements of the true story, the CIA’s Twitter account has now chimed in to set the record straight as part of the 35th anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis. They employed an entertaining “Real vs. Reel” style to break down which parts of the film are true, and how the fictional elements correlate to the actual story.

Check out all the tweets below and let us know what you think:

We love #Argo, @TheAcademy award winning film by @BenAffleck. Today we tell you what’s "reel" vs. "real". pic.twitter.com/QgFC014kUe

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: All involved in the operation were innovative, brave, & creative. Thank you @BenAffleck for making a film that reflects this.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Reel #Argo: When the US Embassy is overtaken the 6 US diplomats go right to the Canadian ambassador's residence to live for the 3 months.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

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.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

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.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Reel #Argo: Only one CIA officer goes to Tehran to help exfiltrate the six American diplomats. pic.twitter.com/iFEcrBzlyb

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: Two CIA officers with notable forgery and exfiltration skills used their talents & knowledge to get the six out of Iran safely.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Reel #Argo: The CIA officer and the six diplomats go into town to scout locations. pic.twitter.com/2gx2sHjPBO

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: They never went to the marketplace to scout a location. The six hid in the Canadian’s homes for 79 days. pic.twitter.com/szTgt9stvb

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Reel #Argo: The mission is called off the night before they are scheduled to depart. pic.twitter.com/j4h0at57Sq

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: Carter gave approval prior to the CIA team flying to Tehran, Iran. The details were approved by policymakers in Ottawa and DC.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: The night before the exfiltration the team received final approval; last line in that approval: "See you later, exfiltrator."

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Reel #Argo: Airline tickets are not waiting at the counter and have to be rechecked before the tickets are authorized and confirmed.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: The Canadians had already purchased the tickets for the Americans. There were no issues at the counter nor the checkpoints.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Reel #Argo: The Americans are detained at the airport by security guards & a call is made back to “Studio Six” to verify their identity.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: It didn’t happen. An early flight was picked so airline officials would be sleepy & Revolutionary Guards would still be in bed.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Reel #Argo: Shredded documents are pieced together to reveal the face of one of the Americans & the plane is chased down the runway.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: Skilled carpet weavers did reconstruct shredded documents, but they didn’t reveal one of the Americans at the last moment.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: There was an hour long mechanical delay, other than that the escape could not have gone better. #nochase pic.twitter.com/a0TnVeBgBt

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Reel #Argo: The plane clears Iranian air space and the Americans cheer and celebrate.

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #Argo: That happened; there was even a round of celebratory Bloody Marys. #ThankYouCanada

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

Real #ARGO: For the full firsthand account read: http://t.co/7mkia9HU1Z pic.twitter.com/0JOYK4NalK

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

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!

— CIA (@CIA) November 7, 2014

(Via CIA)