VIDEO: Former President Jimmy Carter Says Argo Gave CIA Too Much Credit, Canadians Did All the Work

In an interview during the broadcast of the Atlanta Braves vs the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game, former President Jimmy Carter pulled… well, a ‘Jimmy Carter’ by saying that the Academy Award Winning film Argo gave “too much credit to the CIA when the Canadians did almost all the work.”

Carter said he saw the movie because he was going to Canada to get an honorary PhD, and was going to be meeting with the “heroes from Canada.” He said the Canadian Foreign Minister and Ambassador of Canada arranged to get Americans six fake passports, “which is not very easy.”

Argo won the Academy Award for Best Picture this year, and told the story of the CIA arranging a ruse to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The six diplomats had escaped the initial siege of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and had been hiding out at the home of the Canadian Ambassador. The CIA used Canadian passports and pretend that the diplomats were a part of a Canadian film crew, and two CIA agents covertly led them out of the country, risking their own lives and the lives of the six diplomats.

President Carter is a Georgia resident and big Braves fan. Perhaps he should stick to watching the game.

Here’s the video of President Carter at the game:

This wasn’t the first time the former president spoke about how much credit he thought the Americans stole from the Canadians. He spoke about it at length the night of the Oscars in a San Francisco speech.

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