Discovery Times Square, The Spy Exhibit, presents "Spy Talks", September 19th at 6:30 p.m. in New York City. Tony Mendez, former CIA officer and author and the real life inspiration for Ben Affleck's character in the upcoming motion picture ARGO, based on the true story of the 1980 rescue of American hostages in Iran will preside. Mendez, who masterminded the successful ARGO covert operation, will be joined by his wife, Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, Bob Wallace, former Director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service along with H. Keith Melton, Intelligence Historian and specialist in clandestine technology and Robert Anders, former hostage and U.S. embassy counsular officer in Tehran for a panel presentation.

This panel will be a first of it's kind focussing on the details of the complex and dangerous operation of Mendez's rescue of six American hostages from Iranian militants more than three decades ago. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP if planning to attend: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From George Washington's "Culper Ring" to U.S. Congressman Samual Dickstein, who worked for the Soviet's NKVD, the New York Post features several major spy operations in NYC. The stories are all taken from Bob Wallace and H. Keith Melton's recently released book, "Spy Sites of New York". Their book was recently released in conjunction with Melton's "SPY: The Exhibit" currently on display at the Discovery Center in Times Square. Their book is being touted as a must for NYC tourists and spy history buffs as well as the general public. It can be purchased at the Center and also through the Book selections at along with other espionage books.

NOW THIS IS NEWS...Jim Cotsana, one of Artemus Consulting Group's Associates, has just launched his new blog: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jim, long time friend and Associate, just has too much time on his hands! His retirement as Senior Manager of the CIA's Directorate of Operations and Deputy Cheif of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center and now Associate consulting work with ACG doesn't seem to be enough to keep him busy...we are pleased to add this to our NEWS OF THE DAY!


Bob Wallace, Artemus Consulting Group founder, and Keith Melton, renowned intelligence historian are announcing the soon to be released book "Spy Sites of New York City". On the heels of the Discovery Times Square Center Premier of Melton's "SPY: The Secret World of Espionage" this book will give the most detailed history of international espionage in New York from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Their book includes stories of covert operatives posing as Wall Street executives, United Nations diplomats to Greenwic  Village artists...drop zones, recruitment sites...actual histories betrayal and  sometimes death.

The newly established website for complete information is: Wallace and Melton are authors of the best sellers: "SPYCRAFT: The Secret History of the CIA Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda" and "The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception". "SPYCRAFT" is scheduled for a second revised edition later this year.