(Updated at 3:53 p.m. ET with statement from ABC News)
(CNN) - Members of the White House press corps are pointing fingers at ABC News after the network reported President Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan, while others held back to respect White House security concerns.
ABC News was the first to report the news Friday morning on its website. The network is serving as the "pool" for the trip; "pool" is the one broadcast network assigned to cover the trip. The television pool is a group of five media outlets - ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC - that share the responsibility of covering the president, White House and major events on a rotating basis. In working together, each organization pledges to share information they gather as pool with their colleagues at the same time so no one gains a competitive advantage.
Due to intense security surrounding Obama, the other networks that make-up the "pool" were not informed of the president's whereabouts until after he landed in Afghanistan. ABC functioning as pool did not communicate the president's arrival to the other four networks until well after they started reporting the news on their website.
In fact, CNN had independently confirmed the president was on route to Afghanistan but chose to abide by the White House requests for secrecy.
The delay in the dissemination of the pool information by ABC resulted in e-mail blasts from other networks.
CBS News producer Jeff Goldman sent an e-mail to the other network's Washington bureaus, saying that the story posted on the ABC News website broke the embargo.
"ABC apparently must be along for the travel pool with POTUS (President of the United States)," Goldman wrote.
Replying to Goldman, ABC News' Martha Raddatz said ABC did not break the embargo. The Defense Department's video service had put out a signal early from the hangar at Bagram Air Base where the president spoke later. ABC's pool reporter (who was not Raddatz), correspondent Jake Tapper, eventually filed dispatches for all pool members once the White House secrecy restriction was lifted.
"It was DVIDS (Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System) that broke the embargo, putting out that he was meeting with troops and telling us there was no embargo," Raddatz wrote.
NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd responded to Raddatz with this terse "reply-all" e-mail response: "Thanks for the pool note with that info after the fact."
An ABC News spokesperson issued this statement to CNN:
"Last night ABC's Martha Raddatz, who has been on the ground in Afghanistan for the past week, had the story from sources on the ground that the president would be in Afghanistan today. For security reasons ABC News did not report the story at that time.
DVIDS sent an advisory to reporters in Washington at 10:04 this morning with information on the live video feed of the president's trip. DVIDS informed ABC that the information was not embargoed. After DVIDS broke the embargo, ABC News at 10:49 a.m. reported on the president's trip citing 'sources told ABC News' Martha Raddatz."