The spontaneous fission decay of Cf252 has been analyzed in a statistical model with emphasis on describing recently reported high energy γ-ray spectra. An enhanced γ emission in the range from 3 to 10 MeV which is observed for nearly symmetric mass splits is readily understood as a result of the different fragment excitation energies. The model includes a viscous motion to the scission point with the possibility of prescission γ emission. It was found that even with saddle-to-scission times of τsc<66×10−19 s, the maximum consistent with prescission neutron multiplicities, prescission γ rays are overwhelmed by fragment γ rays. Thus, the recently reported strong angular anisotropy of γ rays in the range Eγ=8–12 MeV is unexplained within the present understanding of the fission process.