Small-town girl, Michele Rigby Assad grew up in central Florida, never thinking her destiny would be working for the CIA as an undercover agent. Her interest in foreign affairs led her to Georgetown University where she was accepted into the Arab studies program.
After she completed her studies she was recruited by the CIA which quickly led her into a world of counterterrorism in the Middle East. Michele was on the frontlines of some of the most dangerous missions in the world to gather intelligence imperative to saving lives. She was faced with skillfully persuading others to tell secrets while critical for her to keep secrets. Michele was masterful at living a double life and carried out some of the nation’s most sensitive tasks. The threats were real. The missions perilous. Deep inside, Michele wondered if she could really do this job or did she misunderstood her life’s calling?
Michele sits down with Donna Saul from The Greater Good Project, WCHE1520 Radio, and takes a deep dive into her book, Breaking Cover. She reveals some of her greatest fears, challenges, how she overcame them, and what she’s been up to after leaving the CIA.
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