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Deep Throat
by Lee

Deep throat has been revealed.

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, his family said Tuesday.

W. Mark Felt, 91, was second-in-command at the FBI in the early 1970s. His identity was revealed Tuesday by Vanity Fair magazine, and family members said they believe his account is true.

“The family believes my grandfather, Mark Felt Sr., is a great American hero who went well above and beyond the call of duty at much risk to himself to save his country from a horrible injustice,” a family statement read by grandson Nick Jones said. “We all sincerely hope the country will see him this way as well.”

Felt, who lives with his daughter Joan in Santa Rosa and is in declining health, 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.

“My grandfather is pleased he is being honored for his role as Deep Throat with his friend Bob Woodward,” Jones said.

“As he recently told my mother, ‘I guess people used to think Deep Throat was a criminal, but now they think he was a hero.’”

The Washington Post had no immediate comment on the report.

The existence of Deep Throat, nicknamed for a popular porn movie of the early 1970s, was revealed in Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s best-selling book “All the President’s Men.” In the hit movie based on the book, Deep Throat was played by Hal Holbrook.

Of course, given the times we live in today, if the Watergate affair were going on right now the code name for the source would have been “All-Teen Anal Gangbang 14.”

Posted by Lee on 05/31/05 at 04:42 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by Manwhore on 05/31/05 at 05:48 PM from United States

wouldnt this be another case of libural media bias?

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 05/31/05 at 05:48 PM from United States

Dang, I wanted it to be Linda Lovelace, not this old fart!

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 05:51 PM from United States

“All-Teen Anal Gangbang 14”

14? Like the 14 filibuster deal senators?
That might be a good nickname for them, actually. Maybe we should try to get that going.

Posted by Drumwaster on 05/31/05 at 05:57 PM from United States

No, ‘14’ as in ‘XIV’ (sequel numbering). Woodward and Bernstein chose that codename as their source because ‘Deep Throat’ was playing in the adult cinemas and making a few headlines of its own.

No pun intended.

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 05:57 PM from United States

So, Deep Throat reveals himself to Vanity Fair magazine?  Something fishy in all this . . .

Not Newsweek, not U.S. News and World Report, not The New Republic.  Not even TV Guide!  But, VANITY FAIR?!!?!???!????

Make-up, please!

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 07:11 PM from United States

Donn you may be onto something. What does Woodward have to say?

Posted by Akula on 05/31/05 at 07:12 PM from United States

Damn… If only Nixon hadn’t dipped his hand into water gate at all… we’d probably all be saying Ronald Who?

Posted by Drumwaster on 05/31/05 at 07:19 PM from United States

Actually, Reagan was trying to run for President as early as ‘76, and if Ford hadn’t been tarred with that same brush Nixon was (issuing a Presidential Pardon just days after being sworn in didn’t help.

But people had to put up with four years of misery before they realized that they didn’t want to get over Watergate that badly…

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 07:27 PM from United States

Actually, Reagan was trying to run for President as early as ‘76,

He briefly gave it a stab in ‘68 too.

Posted by Akula on 05/31/05 at 07:48 PM from United States

I know. The point I was making was that Nixon had a pretty damned good presidency going.

Posted by Jason on 05/31/05 at 09:29 PM from United States

I blame it all on a piece of scotch tape…

Posted by Brian at Tomfoolery on 05/31/05 at 10:18 PM from United States

Deep Throat revealed?  Who gives a flying fuck?

Posted by HARLEY on 05/31/05 at 10:30 PM from United States

I’m still at a loss to see how this is really anything other than a footnote.

My old man, Who by the Way was a Union Democrat at the time, would say Nixon just got caught doing what every other politician up for reelection does.

Posted by Drumwaster on 05/31/05 at 10:38 PM from United States

But back then, as now, it isn’t the crime, it’s the cover-up.

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 11:40 PM from United States

I agree with Brian; maybe it’s generational. Nixon enojoyed a great 1st term especially for his (Kissinger’s) foreign policy of strategic triangulation and threw it all away by being a paranoid s.o.b.  This Felt guy is a crook and a self admitted financial opportunist

Posted by on 06/01/05 at 08:48 PM from United States

I can’t believe that this guy is being hailed as a hero.  The guy totally betrayed those that he worked for and showed no loyalty whatsoever, just because he was passed over for a promotion. 

If he felt the need to come forward with information, he should have done so publicly.  Have the guts and decency to face those that you are accusing of wrongdoing.

The local news out here in CA are celebrating this guy as a hero - much more so than they celebrate any living members of the military (true heros in my opinion). 

If the media are so fond of informants, why did they ridicule Linda Tripp when they praise this guy?  Oh yeah, That liberal media bias.

Posted by Drumwaster on 06/01/05 at 08:53 PM from United States

He was an FBI agent who ignored evidence of illegal activity in order to leak classified data to the press to bring down the President who had passed him over for promotion.

If it had been a Democratic President, they would have turned his name over years ago and DT would have been cricified (just like Linda Tripp, as Zinger points out), but both Woodward and Bernstein knew that no matter when they revealed his name, it was going to turn out badly, all around.

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