Labor federation says leaked audio is ‘illegal,’ vows to investigate, seek prosecution

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The leaked audio of then Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez privately making racist remarks was part of a “serious security and privacy breach” at L.A. County Federation of Labor offices involving “illegal” recordings of “many private and confidential conversations in private offices and conference rooms,” the federation told affiliates Sunday in an email, according to text provided to The Times.

Federation spokesperson Justin Wesson did not respond to multiple messages Monday seeking comment about the memo, which is circulating among Los Angeles labor activists and leaders upset by the federation’s involvement in the scandal.

The federation’s internal messaging raises questions about how many more secret recordings of top L.A. power brokers might exist or become public.

The leaked audio involved Martinez, fellow Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León and labor federation President Ron Herrera. Martinez, who stepped down Monday as president of the council, is heard making racist statements and disparaging other politicians.

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