W. Mark Felt, who retired from the FBI after rising to its second most senior position, has identified himself as the "Deep Throat" source quoted by The Washington Post to break the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation, Vanity Fair magazine said Tuesday.Speculation as to the ID of Deep Throat arose when it was hinted this past February that the individual was ailing. My post back then led me to believe Felt was probably not the mystery source.
"I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat," he told John D. O'Connor, the author of Vanity Fair's exclusive that appears in its July issue.
Later I was directed to some rather compelling evidence that DT was, in fact, Ben Stein. I spoke of that in this post just a few months ago.
There is nothing up on the Vanity Fair site yet, but watch for a full out media blitz as they capitalize on a Media scoop of a lifetime.
UPDATE: RawStory has found an advance copy of the article in PDF online at Vanity Fair. I suspect this link may die very soon.
“I’M THE GUY THEY CALLED DEEP THROAT”DEEP THROAT”And another tease:
Despite three decades of intense speculation, the identity of “Deep Throat”— the source who leaked key details of Nixon’s Watergate cover-up to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein—has never been revealed. Now, at age 91, W. Mark Felt, number two at the F.B.I. in the early 70s, is finally admitting to that historic, anonymous role. In an exclusive, JOHN D. O’CONNOR puts a name and face to one of American democracy’s heroes, learning about the struggle between honor and duty that nearly led Felt to take his secret to the grave.
“Mark Felt!,” I exclaimed. “You’re kidding me. Your granddad is Deep Throat! Did you know that?” Nick answered calmly, and maybe with an air of uncertainty, “You know, Big John, I’ve heard that for a long time. Just recently we’ve started to think maybe it’s him.”This is good stuff. I will have more time to read it later today, but from what I have skimmed so far, it is a fantastic read!
We let the subject drop that night, turning to other matters. But a few days later Nick phoned and asked me, in my role as an attorney, to come over and meet his grandfather. Nick and his mother wanted to discuss the wisdom of Felt’s coming forward. Felt, Nick said, had recently admitted his secret identity, privately, to intimates, after years of hiding the truth even from his family. But Felt was adamant about remaining silent on the subject—until his death—thinking his past disclosures somehow dishonorable.
Joan and Nick, however, considered him a true patriot. They were beginning to realize that it might make sense to enlist someone from the outside to help him tell his story, his way, before he passed away, unheralded and forgotten.
UPDATE 2: Washington Post confirms W. Mark Felt is Deep Throat:
Washington Post Confirms Felt Is 'Deep Throat'
Woodward, Bernstein and Bradlee Reveal Former FBI Official as Secret Watergate Source
By William Branigin and David Von Drehle
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, May 31, 2005; 5:29 PM
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.