Redford had Deep Throat figured for FBI

June 17, 2005 at 11:47 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, June 17 (UPI) -- Robert Redford, who played Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, wonders whether a source like Deep Throat would make a difference in the current political climate.

Redford told The Salt Lake Tribune that, after he played Woodward in "All the President's Men," he figured he knew which federal agency Woodward and Carl Bernstein's source worked in.

"I had pieced together it probably had to do with the FBI," he said.

Redford said it would probably be tougher to uncover a scandal like Watergate in contemporary Washington.

"If [President] Nixon had had control of both houses [of Congress], and the Supreme Court, and the bully pulpit, I don't know if that stuff would have ever come out," he said.

Redford said there are many counts on which the Bush administration is worse than the Nixon administration.

"You can go right down the line [in the Bush administration], there's about 15 issues as strong or as big as the Watergate break-in was that have come and died out," he said.

"There are guys out there digging and digging. There are stories appearing every single day," he said. "But is it getting any traction with the public?"

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