Deep Throat Confirmed

June 1st, 2005 | researchmaterial

The Washington Post today confirmed that W. Mark Felt, a former number-two official at the FBI, was “Deep Throat,” the secretive source who provided information that helped unravel the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s and contributed to the resignation of president Richard M. Nixon.

The confirmation came from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story, and their former top editor, Benjamin C. Bradlee.

(Story behind a registration gate.)

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.”

Bradlee, in an interview this afternoon, said that knowing that “Deep Throat” was a high-ranking FBI official helped him feel confident about the information that the paper was publishing about Watergate. He said that he knew the “positional identity” of “Deep Throat” as the Post was breaking its Watergate stories and that he learned his name within a couple of weeks after Nixon’s resignation. “The number-two guy at the FBI, that was a pretty good source…”


Sicknote

June 1st, 2005 | admin

I’m heading out at the crack of sparrowshit tomorrow morning for a couple of days of hideous rural experience. Don’t send me links, photos or files until Thursday night UK time if you can help it,
because I won’t be able to click, see or open them. Which kind of defeats the point of you sending them, really.

I expect there will be moblog horror.

My daughter has a thing about birds of prey. One day soon I’m going to wake up with chicken bits carefully sprinkled on my head and a falcon sitting on my chest eyeing me intently.


FBI Second-In-Command Claims To Have Been “Deep Throat”

June 1st, 2005 | researchmaterial

According to Vanity Fair magazine, former FBI official W. Mark Felt admits he was “Deep Throat” — the source used by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to help uncover the scandal.

Their reporting helped bring about the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

Felt is now 91, and living in Santa Rosa, California.

Woodward and Bernstein had said they wouldn’t reveal the identity of “Deep Throat” until after his death. C.N.N. is quoting Bernstein as saying he’s going to stick to that agreement.

Felt was second-in-command at the F.B.I. in the early 1970s. The magazine says he kept his secret, even from his family, until three years ago. He initially didn’t want to go public — reportedly telling his son that he didn’t think it was “anything to be proud of…”