Ending over 30 years of speculation, the anonymous source behind Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s Watergate reporting known as ‘Deep Throat’ stepped forward out of the shadowy garage.
MSNBC.com – 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.
“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.
Felt, now 91 and living in Santa Rosa, Calif. reportedly gave O’Connor permission to disclose his identity.
“The Felt family cooperated fully, providing old photographs for the story and agreeing to sit for portraits,” Vanity Fair stated in a press release.Nearly six years ago he was singing a different tune to Slate’s Timothy Noah, but in 1992 James Mann laid out the case in The Atlantic Monthly that ‘Deep Throat’ worked at the FBI.
Update: Here’s the Vanity Fair article [PDF]. A full read indicates that Woodward in both words and deeds has all but confirmed the story already.
Update 2: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Ben Bradlee confirm Felt as ‘Deep Throat.’
Update 3: The Political Teen has video of Nick Jones (the grandson of Mark Felt) statement today, and Gawker notes that Carl Bernstein’s son Jacob spilled the beans at summer camp in 1988, and no one cared (or believed).