November 7, 2014 5:24 pm

CIA posts ‘Argo’ fact or fiction tweets to mark hostage crisis anniversary

The film "Argo" may have been based on a true story, but there were more than a few scenes that didn't play out exactly as the did on the big screen.

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Ben Affleck may have exercised some creative freedom in his film Argo, the story of how six U.S. embassy staff in Tehran were rescued from in an elaborate Hollywood plot.

After the release of the 2012 Academy Award winning movie, Affleck was criticized for playing down Canada’s role in the CIA-led rescue effort, that saw the CIA establish a fake movie production company in order to provide a cover for the rescue.

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Argo, which was also the name of the bogus film production used as the cover, was a big success at the box office.

But the CIA, marking the 35th anniversary of the start of the hostage crisis, thought it would clarify what was fact and what was fiction.

Using its official Twitter account on Friday, the CIA released a series of posts to discern what was “real” and what only happened on the “reel.”

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