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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Former F.B.I. Official Says He Was Watergate's 'Deep Throat' - New York Times

"NEW YORK -- A former FBI official claims he was 'Deep Throat,' the long-anonymous source 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 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 news release.

Felt was initially adamant about remaining silent on the subject, thinking disclosures about his past somehow dishonorable.

'I don't think (being Deep Throat) was anything to be proud of,' Felt indicated to his son, Mark Jr., at one point, according to the article. 'You (should) not leak information to anyone.'

Felt is a retiree living in Santa Rosa, Calif., with his daughter, Joan, the magazine said. He could not immediately be reached for comment by The Associated Press. His family members disagreed with their father, feeling that he should receive accolades for his role in Watergate before his death."
(full article at link)

I only give a rat's ass enough about this just to blog it, but only because I'm a news whore.


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