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article imageOp-Ed: 'Deep Throat' Dies; Will There Be a Secret Confidant About the Bush Presidency?

By Carol Forsloff     Dec 19, 2008 in Politics
It was 1972 and the drama across the country of Watergate and the possibility of the impeachment of Richard Nixon kept everyone focused on the scandal.
The drama had lies, spies, and some mystery man, “Deep Throat,” whose identity was not divulged until recently. That “Deep Throat” was the high-profile fellow who fingered the Watergate operation that brought the Nixon government down. His death was reported by Associated Press that outlined the broad aspects of the “Deep Throat” story that had originally been detailed by Bob Woodward, famous journalist and the one who broke the story of Watergate more than 30 years ago. Mark Felt, was that “Deep Throat” and at the time of Watergate was the former FBI second-in-command.
Thirty years after that high-drama time in the 1960’s, Felt admitted that he was the shadowy mystery-man, “Deep Throat” who had told the reporters at the Washington Post what he had learned about Nixon and Watergate. Felt died Thursday in Santa Rosa at age 95 from congestive heart failure, a condition that had kept him ill for several months.
Felt’s identity was revealed publicly by John D. Connor, in 2005 when an article appeared in the
Richard Nixon
"Deep Throat" gave information in 1972 leading to the revelation of the Watergate Scandal and Richard Nixon, shown here in his official portrait in 1969
2005 Vanity Fair article revealing the identity of Deep Throat. Felt had asked that his identity be kept secret until that time. Felt later appeared on television at his daughter’s home, admitting publicly, before cameras, that he was the “Deep Throat.” His identity had been the source of speculation for years, while he was deemed a traitor by the Nixon people and a hero by others for taking risks to tell what he knew about the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Felt wrote a memoir in 2006 entitled, "A G-Man's Life: The FBI, `Deep Throat' and the Struggle for Honor in Washington." But some folks may continue to wonder why Felt waited 30 years to divulge his information and what other secrets he might have had. Others will talk about Watergate, the issues, and the problems related to Bush.
Dennis Kucinich advocated George Bush Jr.’s impeachment in a litany of Articles of Impeachment that Kucinich read nto the Congressional Record. Will the Bush administration have its own “Deep Throat” someday, because of accusations made against his Presidency, and will it take 30 years to know the Bush secrets as well?"
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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