May 31, 2005
The identity of the man known as "Deep Throat" in connection to the Watergate scandal is no longer a secret. Mark Felt finally announced his identity to the world. While the information trickles out, historians across the country are feeling the urge to dig deeper.
After three decades, the riddle is solved, and now historians everywhere are looking for more details of the interesting relationship between President Nixon and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A one-time deputy director with the F.B.I, Mark Felt surprised many by revealing his role in the Watergate scandal, acknowledging that he is indeed 'Deep Throat.'
"As he recently told my mother, I guessed people used to think 'Deep Throat' was a criminal, but now they think he is a hero," said a family member during a press conference in Santa Rosa, California.
Unmasking 'Deep Throat's' identity lets everyone in on some of the few well kept secrets from the Watergate era. Though not adding much to the actual break-in at the Watergate Hotel, historians expect to learn other things.
"We may learn more about the interesting relationship between President Nixon and the F.B.I.," said Assistant Professor David Shreve, from The Miller Center at the University of Virginia.
While historians are excited to now know who "Deep Throat" is, some are not necessarily shocked.
"It's not the first time someone suggested 'Deep Throat' to be Mark Felt. The earliest reference I could find was a Washingtonian Magazine article," added Shreve.
That allegation came in June 1974 before Nixon resigned as president. Speculation at that time was that Felt was the man leaking the information because he was a career F.B.I. man, and resented what the president was doing to the bureau after J. Edgar Hoover's death.
The allegation was not unknown to President Nixon, in fact, it was the topic of conversation between him and his Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman, which was found to be secretly taped in the White House, and later released to the media.
Now, 30 years later, as the face of 'Deep Throat' is revealed, scholars and even journalists are likely to revisit Watergate. Though not likely to learn new information, but to reminisce memories of the first time a sitting president was the subject of a criminal investigation.