The Washington Post today confirmed that W. Mark Felt, a former number-two official at the FBI, was "Deep Throat," the secretive source who provided information that helped unravel the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s and contributed to the resignation of president Richard M. Nixon.
The confirmation came from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story, and their former top editor, Benjamin C. Bradlee. The three spoke after Felt's family and Vanity Fair magazine identified the 91-year-old Felt, now a retiree in California, as the long-anonymous source who provided crucial guidance for some of the newspaper's groundbreaking Watergate stories.
I'm old enough to remember the chaos that surrounded Nixon during the Watergate investigation, though I wasn't paying much attention to the daily rantings of Woodward and Bernstein. And I've never heard of Mark Felt. I thought the infamous Deep Throat might have been a compilation of several people that W&B threw together to hide their sources.
This announcement must really fry Woodward and Bernstein who had the rug pulled out from under the announcement they hoped to make someday after the guy died. There goes the pay-per-view revenue.