Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Deep Throat Revealed ?

BBC - A former deputy chief of the FBI has reportedly admitted to being "Deep Throat", the source who leaked secrets during the Watergate scandal.

Vanity Fair magazine says that Mark Felt owned up to being the source whose identity has been secret for decades.

The scandal forced the resignation of US President Richard Nixon.

Former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, who had secret meetings with "Deep Throat" during the affair, did not confirm the claim.

Mr Felt, now 91, told Vanity Fair: "I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat."

The name derived from a famous pornographic film of the time.

Mr Felt only admitted his secret to his family in 2002, he told the magazine, when his daughter confronted him after being tipped off by one of his close associates.

The identity of the most famous unidentified single source in the history of journalism has also been one of the profession's best kept secrets, says the BBC's Justin Webb in Washington.

"Deep Throat" assisted the reporting duo of Woodward ands Carl Bernstein with prompts and hints in secret dead-of-night meetings in a car park.

For decades, there has been speculation about who the source was - but no credible individual has ever come forward.

Woodward and Bernstein promised not to reveal the identity of their source until after he had died.