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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Washington Post confirmed identity of "Deep Throat"
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On May 31, 2005, the Washington Post confirmed an earlier claim that retired FBI deputy director W. Mark Felt was Watergate's "Deep Throat." Reporters Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and former editor Ben Bradlee acknowledged Felt's secret identity, saying in a statement that Felt had "helped us immeasurably in our Watergate coverage." Watergate was a political scandal during the 1970s which began with a break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters, but eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974 before he could be impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of obstruction of justice. Woodward and Bernstein covered the scandal for the Washington Post during that time, focusing public scrutiny on the actions of the Nixon administration and documenting the mounting evidence against many officials within the Committee to Re-elect the President and the White House itself. Much of the information they used in their reporting came from a confidential informant nicknamed "Deep Throat" who had hitherto been unnamed. Felt died on December 18, 2008.


W. Mark Felt

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