We're not sure if they were told not to mention it - but either way, the cat is well and truly out of the bag. Google has begun rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich to Nexus S owners (who happen to work for Google. ) We know this because said employees have been bragging about it online - only to then quickly delete their posts.
To be honest, we're not hugely surprised. It's been a few weeks now since the Galaxy Nexus launched - powered by ICS as an exclusive handset. But it was always going to be the official Google handset that preceded it, the Nexus S that got ICS next.
And while it's not an official release, it does show that Google is planning to roll ICS out to Nexus S owners in the fairly near future now that it's drip feeding the OS to its own people in order to presumably test for bugs and quirks.
If you're a Nexus S owner who is frustratingly tapping the table waiting, then this may cheer you up. For whilst we have had the Galaxy Nexus since Nov 17th, in the US (ie. Google's home country), they haven't even got that yet.
Which means that maybe - just maybe - we'll get ICS on the Nexus S before they do too. The UK getting it before the US. Now that would be a turn up for the books.
Plus, a quick side note - if you want a Nexus S, even though it's only a year old now, it's available cheap as chips.