By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
September 12, 2006
The Democratic rival to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
acknowledged Tuesday that his aides were responsible for obtaining a
controversial audio file in a move that has led to allegations of Web
But the campaign manager for Phil Angelides, the state treasurer who is
running against Schwarzenegger in the November election, said no laws
"We believe that these audio files--accessed through a public Web site,
requiring no password, and not marked confidential--are a matter of
public record and should be made available to the media and the public,"
said Cathy Calfo, Angelides' campaign manager.
Schwarzenegger's comments recorded in an audio file caused a flap when
they were revealed by a leak to the Los Angeles Times by Angelides'
aides. In the March conversation between the governor and his chief of
staff, Schwarzenegger said blacks and Latinos were "hot" blooded,
meaning they were passionate.
"I mean, they (Cubans and Puerto Ricans) are all very hot...they have
the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino
blood in them and together that makes it," he said.
Schwarzenegger apologized for the remarks, and on Monday his
legal-affairs secretary released a statement saying that two
unauthorized people had downloaded audio files in August.
The controversy may center on the design of the Web server called
speeches.gov.ca.gov. The California government used it to post MP3 files
of Schwarzenegger's speeches in a directory structure that looked like
"http://speeches.gov.ca.gov/dir/06-21.htm.htm". (That Web page is now
offline, but saved in Google's cache.)
A source close to Angelides told CNET News.com on Tuesday that it was
possible to "chop" off the Web links and visit the higher-level
"http://speeches.gov.ca.gov/dir/" directory, which had the controversial
audio recording publicly viewable. No password was needed, the source
Calfo, Angelides' campaign manager, has since characterized the leak to
the Los Angeles Times as something done by two aides without her
Katie Levinson, communications director of Californians for
Schwarzenegger, denounced the acquisition of the audio file in a
"Sadly, the actions by the Angelides campaign come as no surprise and
the treasurer should denounce the unethical actions taken on his
behalf," Levinson said. "Phil Angelides has a long history of gutter
politics, and it is clear this most recent example was a calculated
effort to smear the governor's reputation."
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