Tuesday, May 31, 2005

WATERGATE'S "DEEP THROAT" REVEALED

Former number two FBI man, Mark Felt, finally comes clean about being Woodward and Bernstein's "Deep Throat" source that provided information about the Nixon Administration's role in the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to Richard Nixon's resignation.

It was a denial he maintained for three decades, until yesterday. Throughout that period, he lived with one of the greatest secrets in journalism history and with his own sense of conflict and tension over the role he had played in bringing down a president in the Watergate scandal: Was he a hero for helping the truth come out, or a turncoat who betrayed his government, his president and the FBI he revered by leaking to the press? (full article)

UPDATE: "Nixon aides say Felt is no hero." Good interview by Chuck Colson and Pat Buchanan:

Former senior Nixon adviser Charles Colson and former Nixon speechwriter and MSNBC Political Analyst Patrick Buchanan appeared on MSNBC Live Wednesday morning and gave anchor Amy Robach a their thoughts on Felt's actions.

Amy Robach:
Chuck, I'm going to begin with you. You say you were shocked at yesterday's announcement, but as early as late '72 and early '73, Nixon did suspect Felt as a potential leaker. What do you think Nixon would say to this revelation?

Charles Colson: I think he would be horrified because the FBI is in a unique position in government. They have everybody's dossier. Every file on every American sits there. If the guy who runs the FBI or the number two guy in the FBI feels free to give these out to people, you'd have absolute chaos in this country. You'd have tyranny run by the FBI. I just can't imagine somebody who was a consummate professional, as Felt was, somebody who had worked their way up through the ranks, who was implicated in the FBI culture, sneaking around dark alleys, cloak and dagger style handing out stuff to a couple of young reporters. It never computed with me, I never thought it made sense, because I thought Felt took his responsibility with a great more care than that.
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Robach: Well, Pat, in taking a look at Felt's situation, he felt compelled to get this information to somebody. He was put in a position in which the FBI director was extremely loyal to Nixon in an atmosphere of wiretaps and break-ins. What could, or should, have Mark Felt should have done?

Buchanan: Mark Felt himself was doing black-bag jobs during the previous era. What he should have done, was if he felt the investigation was corrupted, stand up and say, 'I'm going to resign from the FBI because I don't want to be a party to what's going on. This is not correct, I think things are going on in the White House that are wrong. I don't believe they're investigated. I don't believe they're being investigated properly.' Instead, he sneaks around during a political campaign and leaks the results of an investigation to the Washington Post. I think he did it, Amy, for the same reason Woodward said, he was passed over for Director and he was bitter and full of resentment, and this was payback. (full interview)

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