FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The military intelligence complex an hour outside Washington where the WikiLeaks case goes to court this week is known as a cloak-and-dagger sanctum off-limits to the rest of the world.
That reputation is only partly true.
In many ways, Maryland's Fort Meade is an ordinary Army post, albeit one with a 5,000-acre complex and a golf course. It's also home to the super-secure compound of the code-breaking National Security Agency.
That's the irony: The soldier accused of one of the largest intelligence heists in U.S. history, Pfc. Bradley Manning, will stand trial in a courtroom on the same post as the intelligence agency charged with covertly collecting and cracking secrets.
The government calls the theft and leak of secret diplomatic and military documents a serious threat to national security.