Counterterrorism Undercover Officer, Escaped ISIS and Author of New Book "Breaking Cover"

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Michele Rigby Assad, a former counterterrorism officer who escaped ISIS and was featured on ABC’s 20/20 will be speaking about her new book "Breaking Cover" beginning February 6, 2018.

Ms. Assad's deeply introspective account of her CIA career, faith, and humanitarian work is an exciting read with firsthand insightful observations of the war-torn Middle East and valuable lessons learned, which readers will cherish. - Daniel Hoffman, retired senior CIA officer

Counterterrorism Officer who escaped ISIS talks war on terror in the brand new book “Breaking Cover”.

Michele Rigby Assad, a former counterterrorism officer who escaped ISIS and was featured on ABC’s 20/20, will be speaking about her new book "Breaking Cover" beginning February 6, 2018. Ms. Assad will on her media book tour and is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

Ms. Assad's new book “Breaking Cover” engages the reader and brings them on an intense path from her rescue mission in Iraq to relocating internally displaced Iraqis to Slovakia. She is a former undercover officer in the National Clandestine Service of the US Central Intelligence Agency. Assad's assignment was in Iraq and working as an undercover agent in the Arab world. She served in treacherous areas throughout the Middle East—a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet. The threats were real. The missions were perilous.

In "Breaking Cover", Ms. Assad has at last been cleared to drop cover and tell her story of incredible struggle, of unexpected challenges and thwarted missions, and most significantly, of powerfully realizing what really matters in the face of her greatest fears. "As I prepared myself to walk in and meet Abu Muhammad for the first time, I knew I had a fourth handicap: I WAS A WOMAN."

Assad's speaking tour will begin in our Nation's Capitol on Thursday, February 22, 2018, Breaking Cover An Evening with Michele Rigby Assad. The event will be will hosted by the Spy Museum, 6:30 PM.

For tickets please visit: https://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/detail/breaking-cover/2018-02-22/

About Michele:

Michele Rigby Assad joined the CIA in January 2002 and spent a decade working as an undercover intelligence officer in the Directorate of Operations. Specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence, Michele worked in several hot spots, including Iraq at the height of the war. To date, Michele has lived in six countries and traveled to more than forty others.

Michele is an author, public speaker, trainer, and security consultant focused on the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a political science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Her forthcoming book "Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For", will be available February 2018. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Florida.

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