Friday, February 11, 2005
Who is Deep Throat?
We're working on a theme here: Who is Deep Throat?
Here's my pick:
Mark Felt, FBI Deputy Associate Director
Who is he? Now aged 90, Felt was deputy associate director at the time of Watergate.
When did the speculation begin? Felt was a prime candidate from the outset. He has been named as the most likely suspect in several studies, but has always denied it.
The case for: Felt had the motive. He was one of the J Edgar Hoover "old guard' at the FBI, and hoped to succeed the old man in 1972. Instead, Nixon picked a loyalist, L Patrick Gray, as acting director. Felt was the bureau's point man in dealings with the White House. He would have been fully abreast of the investigation into the break-in and would have known many of the leading actors. He was known to be a rare FBI operative who would return reporters' calls. The President's chief of staff, H R Haldeman, told Nixon that Felt was responsible for "most of" the leaks already plaguing the White House. Much has been made of a rumoured 1999 visit by Woodward to Felt's home in California. In 1999 a newspaper claimed that Carl Bernstein's son had told another boy that Felt was Deep Throat. Bernstein and Bernstein's former wife deny the allegation.
The case against: He has asserted that no single individual could have known everything that Deep Throat purportedly knew.
Go read the list, and pick your own front-runner.
Independent News & Media, 09 February 2005
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