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    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.

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    "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.

    Felt said he was "only doing his duty" and did not seek to bring down Nixon over the cover-up of a break-in at Democratic Party offices in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.
    Let's keep the sexual jokes to a minimum, k? Thanks.

    EDIT: It's confirmed.

    Washington Post Confirms Felt as 'Deep Throat'

    By William Branigin and David Von Drehle
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Tuesday, May 31, 2005

    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.

    Woodward said Felt helped The Post at a time of tense relations between the White House and much of the FBI hierarchy. He said the Watergate break-in came shortly after the death of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Felt's mentor, and that Felt and other bureau officials wanted to see an FBI veteran promoted to succeed Hoover.

    Felt himself had hopes that he would be the next FBI director, but Nixon instead appointed an administration insider, assistant attorney general L. Patrick Gray, to the post.

    Bradlee, in an interview this afternoon, said that knowing that "Deep Throat" was a high-ranking FBI official helped him feel confident about the information that the paper was publishing about Watergate. He said that he knew the "positional identity" of "Deep Throat" as the Post was breaking its Watergate stories and that he learned his name within a couple of weeks after Nixon's resignation.

    "The number-two guy at the FBI, that was a pretty good source," he said. "I knew the paper was on the right track," Bradlee said. The "quality of the source" and the soundness of his guidance made him sure of that, he said.

    "We made only one mistake ..... and that had nothing to do with 'Deep Throat,'." Bradlee said, referring to an error in reporting grand jury testimony.

    Bradlee said that over the years, "it was interesting to watch people flounder around with odd choices" about the identity of "Deep Throat," a nickname borrowed from the title of a pornographic film. Although he knew the source's identity, Bradlee said, "I've never met Felt. I wouldn't know him if I fell on him."

    In a family statement released today, Felt's grandson, Nick Jones, said, "The family believes my grandfather, Mark Felt Sr., is a great American hero who went well above and beyond the call of duty at much risk to himself to save his country from a horrible injustice." The statement added, "We all sincerely hope the country will see him this way as well."

    Jones said in the statement, "My grandfather is pleased he is being honored for his role as 'Deep Throat' with his friend Bob Woodward. As he recently told my mother, 'I guess people used to think "Deep Throat" was a criminal, but now they think he was a hero.'"

    The Vanity Fair article, by California attorney John D. O'Connor, described Felt as conflicted over his role in the Watergate revelations and over whether he should publicly reveal that he was the anonymous source whose identity has been a closely guarded secret for more than three decades.

    "On several occasions he confided to me, 'I'm the guy they used to call "Deep Throat,".'." O'Connor wrote. The author wrote that Felt "still has qualms about his actions, but he also knows that historic events compelled him to behave as he did: standing up to an executive branch intent on obstructing his agency's pursuit of the truth."

    The article concluded, "Felt, having long harbored the ambivalent emotions of pride and self-reproach, has lived for more than 30 years in a prison of his own making, a prison built upon his strong moral principles and his unwavering loyalty to country and cause. But now, buoyed by his family's revelations and support, he need feel imprisoned no longer."

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    ...wow....

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    Holy Crap. After years of trying to find out this guy, they finally succeeded. Amazing. The mystery is over.

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    Jen, no one exposed Felt as Deep Throat. He came out and said it himself. Interesting, nonetheless.
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    Originally posted by Cameron@May 31 2005, 06:20 PM
    Jen, no one exposed Felt as Deep Throat. He came out and said it himself. Interesting, nonetheless.
    Yeah, he wasn't proven to be Deep Throat. And him claiming himself as DT isn't exactly a reliable source, but at least it's leading somewhere towards finding out who Deep Throat really is.

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    Uhm, the two main writers that broke the story of Watergate confirmed that Felt is Deep Throat. I think they'd know, since they received information directly from him.

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    If he's Deep Throat then I'm Sasquatch.

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    Originally posted by Paul@May 31 2005, 07:20 PM
    If he's Deep Throat then I'm Sasquatch.
    omg rly :chaz:

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    Originally posted by Cameron+May 31 2005, 11:40 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Cameron @ May 31 2005, 11:40 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--Paul@May 31 2005, 07:20 PM
    If he&#39;s Deep Throat then I&#39;m Sasquatch.
    omg rly :chaz: [/b][/quote]
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    i saw this in the paper this morning... strange.... whats going to happen to him now though?
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    Originally posted by Testorz@Jun 1 2005, 10:20 AM
    i saw this in the paper this morning... strange.... whats going to happen to him now though?
    Same here. They think he&#39;s a hero. They&#39;re probably going to ask him a bunch of questions though.

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    They&#39;re like 35 years late.


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    Woodward & The Washington Post have said before in the past that he&#39;s of old age now, and in failing health, and both of those can be atributed to Felt.

    They weren&#39;t going to expose him until he passed away, but I guess Felt wanted to come out and expose himself before he dies. He&#39;s getting up there. He&#39;s about 90 or 91 these days.

    Interesting stuff, to say the least. Just a few weeks ago I was studying The Watergate Scandal in US History, and watching the movie based on it. Mind boggling to hear that Deep Throat has finally revealed himself, in my opinion. I never expected it to be exposed.

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    I thought you meant, nevermind..

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