Tuesday, May 31, 2005

DEEP THROAT REVEALED. Apparently the best kept secret of modern American politics has been revealed. Mr. W. Mark Felt admits that he was “Deep Throat”, the anonymous source for Woodward and Bernstein during the Nixon Administration’s Watergate coverup.

At the time, Mr. Felt was the third highest official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During that time, and ever since, speculation has run wild on the identity of the informant. Felt was normally mentioned in the top 5 suspects.

President Nixon thought Mr. Felt was Deep Throat. He believed the FBI to be hostile to him. Felt also appears to have a motive to reveal the information, as he was not selected to be Director General.

Writer James Mann guessed it as far back as 1992, when he wrote an article for Atlantic Monthly naming Felt as the person most likely to be Deep Throat, based on Mann’s analysis of the information provided and who had access to it at the time.

So, what made Felt, now 91, reveal his identity? I do not know, but there are some possibilities. First, former White House Counsel John Dean has threatened to reveal what he knows about it soon. Second, Ronald Kessler, another former reporter for The Washington Post, has written a book, about to be released, that is supposed to name Felt also, although Felt denied to Kessler that he was Deep Throat. Third, tons of documents concerning the Nixon Administration were recently declassified and made available to the public.
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