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Post confirms Mark Felt is 'Deep Throat'

  |   May 31, 2005 at 6:22 PM
WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- The Washington Post confirmed Tuesday W. Mark Felt, the FBI's former No. 2 man, is "Deep Throat," whose help led to President Nixon's resignation.

The Tuesday confirmation came from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story, and former Post top editor, Benjamin Bradlee.

The three men spoke after Felt's family and Vanity Fair magazine identified the 91-year-old Felt, now a retiree in California, as the anonymous source who provided crucial guidance for some of the newspaper's groundbreaking and award-winning Watergate stories.

The Post said Felt's information -- provided on "deep background" during secret meetings -- helped keep public attention focused on the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington's Watergate office and apartment complex, and on the subsequent cover-up effort.

The information ultimately led to a congressional investigation that revealed the role of Nixon and a number of his top aides. Under threat of impeachment, Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974.

Woodward, Bernstein and Bradlee kept the identity of "Deep Throat" secret at the source's request, saying his name would be revealed upon his death.

"We've kept that secret because we keep our word," Woodward said. But the Post said with the Vanity Fair article and the family's statement, the three decided to break their silence.

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