Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Deep Throat Revealed?

Vanity Fair reports that 91-yr-old ex-FBI assistant director W. Mark Felt claims to be "Deep Throat" -- the source of Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein's Watergate stories for the Washington Post.

Mr Felt has long been considered a likely candidate as the source. Slate carried this article about Mr Woodward meeting Mr Felt for lunch in 1999 -- where witnesses say they acted like old friends.

Mr Woodward has said he will not reveal the identity of "Deep Throat" until the source's death. That was the agreement he had with the source early on. Mr Woodward is not confirming Mr Felt's statement.

UPDATE: Late today, after speaking with Mr Felt's family, the Washington Post carried a statement from Mr Woodward and Mr Bernstein confirming Mr Felt's role as Deep Throat:

"W. Mark Felt was 'Deep Throat' and helped us immeasurably in our Watergate coverage. However, as the record shows, many other sources and officials assisted us and other reporters for the hundreds of stories that were written in The Washington Post about Watergate."

The two, along with their editor, Ben Bradlee, had promised to keep Mr Felt's identity secret until his death. But in light of Mr Felt's admission and a statement from his family, they decided to break their silence. (Washington Post)

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