cyber security

Obama Placed Embargo on Press Over Secret Cyber Security Executive Order

by Steve Watson,  |  published on February 15, 2013

Buzz Feed reported today that Obama secretly signed a long awaited executive order on Cyber Security, then issued an embargo to all news organisations NOT to cover the developments.

The report states:

Shortly before 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, the White House emailed reporters that President Obama had signed a highly anticipated Executive Order aimed at protecting cyber security.

The order — setting up new programs aimed at stopping online espionage and terrorism — was already the law of the land, signed by the president. But it was also secret.

The document was “embargoed until delivery of the President’s in the State of the Union address” — despite the fact it had already been signed.

The report states that there was a “background briefing on the move”, involving members of the press.
Explaining that the embargo was not legally binding , Buzz Feed says it chose to break it and report the story because they “thought it appropriate to report on the unusual delay”.

Buzz Feed also revealed that in an email sent out regarding the development, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor attempted to explain the secrecy behind the executive order.

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