Headlights approach on an empty road. A government agent steps out of an armored SUV, carrying a locked, black satchel.
“Here’s the bag,” the agent says, to the intelligence official. “Here’s the key.”
The key turns, and out slides a brown leather binder, gold-stamped TOP SECRET. The President’s Daily Brief, perhaps the most secret book on Earth.
The PDB handoff happens in the dead of every night. The book distills the nation’s greatest threats, intelligence trends and concerns, and is written by a team at CIA headquarters.
“This is the one for the president,” the intelligence official says, moving inside a secure building, opening the binder.