Back in January after the Meltdown/Spectre threat became public knowledge members of Congress sent letters to Intel and others to ask them why they didn't tell the government about the problems. According to letters sent back to Congress it came down to the fact that Intel didn't feel it was necessary because the government couldn't help them fix it. While I can kind of understand the response I still think Intel (and others) owed it to the government (and tax payers) to let them know that something was wrong with their processors that could affect national security. Check out all the letters here. That meant the cabal felt none of the US government, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team or the Computer Emergency Readiness Team Coordination Center would be useful in preparing a response to the mess it made. Once news of the flaws broke, Intel "expedited its plans to deploy the mitigations and promptly briefed governments and others about the issues."