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.

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.

Discovery Center Times Square will feature: SPY: The Secret World of Espionage beginning this week. This will be a first ever exhibit of treasures from the collections of the CIA, FBI, NRO and H. Keith Melton, the renowned author, historian, and authority on spy technology. Visitors will see real gadgets and real artifacts from spys and spy catchers. This will be a first of its kind look into the world of espionage includinng newly declassified equitment and technology.


Bob Wallace, 32 year veteran of the CIA and Director of it's Office of Technical Service was responsible for the development and deployment of much of this equpment and technology used in it's counter terrorism efforts worldwide. Wallace is attending the opening as he and Melton have collaborated on numerous articles and books over the years...most notably, SPYCRAFT: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda and also, The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception. They are currently working on another book covering a broad picture of espionage hoping to be published later this year.