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Deep Throat

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 in Politics • Permalink

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