"Deep Throat"'s identity revealed?

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May 31, 2005 -- *After more than 30 years of silence, the most famous anonymous source in American history, Deep Throat, has identified himself to a reporter at Vanity Fair.

W. Mark Felt, 91, an assistant director at the FBI in the 1970s, has told reporter John D. O'Connor that he is "the man known as Deep Throat."
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Now all that remains is for Woodward to confirm that this is true.
 

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"Deep Throat" Steps from the shadows

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A former FBI official says he was the source called "Deep Throat" who leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate coverup to The Washington Post, Vanity Fair reported Tuesday.

W. Mark Felt, 91, who was second-in-command at the FBI in the early 1970s, kept the secret even from his family until 2002, when he confided to a friend that he had been Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's source, the magazine said.

"I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat," he told lawyer John D. O'Connor, the author of the Vanity Fair article, the magazine said in a press release.

Felt was initially adamant about remaining silent on the subject, thinking disclosures about his past somehow dishonorable.
Well this is good to know. Glad I lived long enough. :p
 

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looks like a popular day for such things.

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what's funny is that i had always suspected that it was Mr. Felt about whom Carly Simon was singing.
 

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ham_man said:
Guess we will not really know until then...
If it is Felt (and he's not just saying this for the publicity), what would be the harm in Woodward and Bernstein confirming it now that the subject himself has revealed it?

Of course, at 99, we may not have to wait long anyway. ;)
 

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Thomas Veil said:
Of course, at 99, we may not have to wait long anyway. ;)
He's a mere 91. But it is interesting that media principals still aren't willing to confirm or deny when in theory the source they've been protecting doesn't want protection anymore.
 

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IJ Reilly said:
He's a mere 91. But it is interesting that media principals still aren't willing to confirm or deny when in theory the source they've been protecting doesn't want protection anymore.
Simple $$$$.

If Woodward and Bernstein keep to their guns and will not reveal the answer until Deep Throat dies then they can sell more copies of their inevitable book when it comes out. If they confirm that Felt is Deep Throat now then they loose a lot of book revenue and will have to compete with the inevitable book from the Felt family. This way the Felt's can profit from their book deal (although they would stand to profit more in the short term if W & B would confirm), and W & B can profit as well, (with a probable corresponding boost for the Felt book that could offset/exceed what they lost by being 'unconfirmed' for a few years).

At least the Felt family is honest that they convinced Mark Felt to come forward so they could cash in on some of the mystery surrounding Deep Throat.
 

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Former F.B.I. Official Revealed in Magazine Interview

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- The Washington Post said Tuesday that a former FBI official, W. Mark Felt, was the confidential source known as "Deep Throat" who provided the newspaper information that led to President Nixon's impeachment investigation and eventual resignation.

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Woodward, who had visited with Felt as recently as 1999, refused to confirm or deny, even to the man's family, that Felt was his source, and wondered whether Felt was mentally competent to decide whether to go public after all these years, the magazine reported.
am i reading right that the Post confirmed it without Woodward doing so?
 

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In a statement today, Woodward and Bernstein said, "W. Mark Felt was 'Deep Throat' and helped us immeasurably in our Watergate coverage. However, as the record shows, many other sources and officials assisted us and other reporters for the hundreds of stories that were written in The Washington Post about Watergate."
 

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this year i read woodward and bernstein's all the president's men and nixon:the final days and i thought i would have to wait some years before i found out how the whole story ended up...it wasn't complete without an identification of deep throat

so when i found out this morning, i was very relieved and excited

woodward and bernstein did mention earlier this year to larry king on cnn that it was someone who would be seen as an obvious source and now that the source, then the #2 man in the fbi, came out, it all now makes perfect sense

nixon could have had a great presidential legacy but his resignation, made possible by deep throat, changed history

anybody who is too young to remember the watergate story should read the book or at least rent the movie

iran-contra gate or monica gate pale in comparison to watergate
 

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Actually, Nixon's resignation was made possible by his criminality, first and foremost. His "legacy" might have remained intact had he not been caught in the act, but only because we might not have found out about his dirty trickery, and not because he hadn't abused the law and violated his oath of office.