Friday, December 19, 2008

Watergate's 'Deep Throat' dead at age 95

Mark Felt, the man who helped bring down President Richard Nixon as the infamous “Deep Throat” for investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, died at his Santa Rosa home Thursday, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports.

In 2005, more than 30 years after his whistle-blowing helped topple a presidency, Mark Felt, once a top FBI official, held a press conference on the front steps of his Santa Rosa home.

Felt, then 91, revealed that he was “Deep Throat,” the anonymous source who leaked information to Washington Post reporters about the Watergate scandal that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1972. [More]

(Photo credit: Press Democrat file photo)

2 comments:

Robert Holmgren said...

Lest we forget--Mark Felt was also convicted of illegal espionage that resulted in the dismissal of charges for William Ayers and others. Media accounts typically refer to his other illegal activity (turning over FBI files to WaPo) because they rather like such law breaking. The media would not like Mr. Felt exposed for illegal espionage because that wouldn't comport with recent complaints about such activities as applied to the War on Terror.

Anonymous said...

For a split second, I thought that was Bob Barker!