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 Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Quote: "I'm the Guy They Used to Call DEEP THROAT"

  And his name is W. Mark Felt. At that time, W. Mark Felt was the No. 2 man at the FBI. He is now 91 years old.

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W. Mark Felt appears on CBS' "Face The Nation" in Washington
Sunday Aug.30, 1976.

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At age 91, in 2005

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And Washington Post has confirmed he is the legendary "Deep Throat".

The relevation is like discovering Superman's secret identity, by those in the movie. It was, well - Clark Kent.

Read here full article in USA Today, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE

The identity of "Deep Throat" is the best-kept secret in American journalism. The name "Deep Throat" was given after the porn movie featuring Linda Lovelace of the era because his information was on "deep background".

"Deep Throat" was the key source in the Watergate scandal that forced President Nixon to resign.

"Deep Throat"'s information helped two Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, to expose the scandal. Mr Woodward and Mr Bernstein had pledged not to reveal the identity of Deep Throat until after his death.

Instead, Mr Felt's family released a statement backing up his claim to have been Deep Throat.

There was a 1972 burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building. The White House tried to cover it up. This was exposed whcih led to Nixon's 1974 resignation and prosecution of more than two dozen top officials.

Image hosted by In the book "All the President's Men" written by Woodward and Bernstein, he was described as a combat veteran who smoke and drank heavily.

He told the two Washington Post reporters to "follow the money," which led them to the Committee to Re-elect the President; and, eventually, to the White House itself.

Mr Woodward would move a flower pot containing a red flag to the rear of his apartment balcony if he wanted to meet. Deep Throat would request a meeting by drawing a clock on the copy of The New York Times delivered to Mr Woodward's apartment. Deep Throat and Mr Woodward met seven times.

In the book "All the President's Men", Woodward and Bernstein wrote:

" Deep Throat had an extremely sensitive position... and have access to information from the White House, Justice, the FBI and CRP (Richard Nixon's Committee for the Re-election of the President) .

He could be contacted only on very important occasions. Further, he had agreed never to quote the man, even as an anonymous source.

Deep Throat never tried to inflate his knowledge or show off his importance.

He always told rather less than he knew. He was dispassionate and seemed committed to the best version of the obtainable truth. The Nixon White House worried him. 'They are all underhanded and unknowable'," Deep Throat was quoted as saying.

Aware of his own weaknesses, he readily conceded his flaws. He was, incongruously, an incurable gossip, careful to label rumour for what it was, but fascinated by it."

The Washington Post reporter met with Deep Throat mostly at 2 am in an underground parking garage.

The Washington Post had guarded the secret of "Deep Throat"s identity as closely as the formula for Coca-Cola.

NAME: W. Mark Felt alias "Deep Throat"

TITLE: Assistant FBI Director during the Watergate scandal

AGE: 91 (in 2005)

EDUCATION: Graduated from the University of Idaho, went to George Washington University Law School and joined the FBI in 1942.

PERSONAL: In failing health and living in retirement in Santa Rosa, Calif.

QUOTE: His denial in 1999 that he was Deep Throat: "I would have done better. I would have been more effective. Deep Throat didn't exactly bring the White House crashing down, did he?"
Eileen McNamara wrote in Boston Globe:
The former FBI official who is Deep Throat has a legacy that includes his felonious abuse of the Fourth Amendment as much as it does his anonymous championship of the First.He is the same man who authorized illegal break-ins targeting antiwar activists.

Felt and fellow FBI man Edward S. Miller were convicted in 1980 of conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens by authorizing illegal break-ins and wiretaps of people connected to suspected domestic bombers.

In an ironic twist worthy of Hollywood (and the administration of President George W. Bush), Felt justified his actions as a protection of national security.

At Felt's trial in 1980, it was revealed that the illegal wiretaps and searches did not yield any information useful in the capture or prosecution of members of the Weather Underground. The Constitution was abused to no end.

When President Reagan pardoned Felt and Miller in 1981, he cited the pardons given to Vietnam draft evaders.

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