W. Mark Felt has died.
December 19, 2008 2:09 AM Subscribe
The man who provided Bob Woodward with the critical leads
on the story that eventually saw the resignation of Tricky Dick Nixon
has died: W. Mark Felt, aka. Deep Throat, was 95
.The NYT has a little feature on why he was such a big deal
. Only in 2005 did Felt finally admit to being Deep Throat in a Vanity Fair
The Washington Post has an obit carrying Woodwards byline
As the second-highest official in the FBI under longtime director J. Edgar Hoover and interim director L. Patrick Gray, Felt detested the Nixon administration's attempt to subvert the bureau's investigation into the complex of crimes and coverups known as the Watergate scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon....
Felt, a dashing figure with a full head of silver hair, an authoritative bearing and a reputation as a tough taskmaster, adamantly denied over the years that he was Deep Throat, even though Nixon suspected him from the start.
Felt, who saw all the FBI investigative paperwork, was acquainted with Woodward from a chance meeting at the White House in 1969 when Woodward was still in the Navy.