A news embargo is a source’s request to refrain from publishing information until a certain time.
Social media was immediately abuzz.
“Pete Williams on hotmic: 12 Russian hackers indicted for DNC hack,” tweeted Justin Miller, national editor of The Daily Beast.
“Oh,” Williams said. “I can’t talk more about it until Rosenstein comes out.”
Soon thereafter, DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley addressed the journalists and lifted the already-broken embargo.
By then, though, the secret was out.
Neither Williams nor a DOJ representative immediately responded to a request for comment.