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Watergate 'Deep Throat' W. Mark Felt Dies at 95
www.foxnews.com ^ | December 19, 2008 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/19/2008 10:38:33 AM PST by Publius804

Watergate 'Deep Throat' W. Mark Felt Dies at 95

SAN FRANCISCO — W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

Felt died Thursday in Santa Rosa after suffering from congestive heart failure for several months, said family friend John D. O'Connor, who wrote the 2005 Vanity Fair article uncovering Felt's secret.

The shadowy central figure in one of the most gripping political dramas of the 20th century, Felt insisted his alter ego be kept secret when he leaked damaging information about President Richard Nixon and his aides to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

While some — including Nixon and his aides — speculated that Felt was the source who connected the White House to the June 1972 break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, he steadfastly denied the accusations until finally coming forward in May 2005.

"I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat," Felt told O'Connor for the Vanity Fair article, creating a whirlwind of media attention. The man who had kept his secret for decades, weakened by a stroke, did not do much talking — he merely waved to the media from the front door of his daughter's Santa Rosa home.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: deepthroat; markfelt; nixon; obituary; snitch; watergate; woodward

1 posted on 12/19/2008 10:38:33 AM PST by Publius804
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To: Publius804
Besides finishing the career of Mr. Milhouse misdeeds, he allegedly was a great FBI agent who investigated Weather Underground and Obama buddy Bill Ayers...
2 posted on 12/19/2008 10:41:47 AM PST by meandog (Wasilla warrior in 2012!)
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To: Publius804
See ya in Hell, Mark.
3 posted on 12/19/2008 10:43:27 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the opium of the people.)
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To: Publius804

AFAIC this man is a rat on a par with Joe Valachi or Salvatore Gravano.


4 posted on 12/19/2008 10:46:43 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("I love democracy. I love Free Republic")
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To: Publius804

If their souls end up in the same place now Nixon and Hoover can kick his traitorious ass around.


5 posted on 12/19/2008 10:46:53 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: Publius804

Adios, fink.


6 posted on 12/19/2008 10:48:52 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: Publius804

GG Liddy and others have claimed this man could not alone be “Deep Throat” as they claim he wasn’t privileged to all of the information that W&B attribute to Deep Throat.


7 posted on 12/19/2008 10:49:03 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: Publius804

I thought he died within months after the article was published.


8 posted on 12/19/2008 10:51:55 AM PST by DallasDeb
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To: Publius804

Wasn’t he in a movie with Linda Lovelace?


9 posted on 12/19/2008 10:53:43 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: mkjessup

The left will dance on Nixon’s grave forever, while lifting the likes of Barney Frank and Ted Kennedy up as examples of “good government.”

This traitorous clown helped them get Nixon. You got your eulogy there, Felty. Bye bye.


10 posted on 12/19/2008 10:54:17 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Any citizen who brings the illegal activities of his government to light is a hero in my book.

But I have a different reason to dislike Felt. He was one of the people who went overboard in the investigation of the Weather Underground. Misconduct such as that is what led to Ayers getting off the hook and not still being in jail (that is if Clinton hadn’t pardoned him).

Continue the alternate timeline, Obama wouldn’t be president elect right now if Ayers had been in jail as he should have been.


11 posted on 12/19/2008 10:57:04 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Revolting cat!
Wasn’t he in a movie with Linda Lovelace?

Nah. Linda Lovelace had standards.

12 posted on 12/19/2008 10:58:27 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: Publius804

13 posted on 12/19/2008 11:00:20 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: meandog
he allegedly was a great FBI agent who investigated Weather Underground and Obama buddy Bill Ayers...

He was an incompetent agent who blew the strong case against Weathermen Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, thus allowing them to go free. Just a few years later they link up with Barry Obama, and the rest is history.

14 posted on 12/19/2008 11:00:36 AM PST by iowamark
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To: mkjessup

“Adios, fink.”

Yeah, I just hate it when somebody exposes corruption and illegal activities.


15 posted on 12/19/2008 11:01:44 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: Luke21

“This traitorous clown helped them get Nixon.”

And this a bad thing because....?


16 posted on 12/19/2008 11:03:05 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: gracesdad
I want a roll of shame for all of the Johnson and Clinton administration figures who DIDN'T talk about the corruption that went on with their knowledge and assistance.
17 posted on 12/19/2008 11:04:56 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: weegee
I had the same thought when I heard this announced on the radio this morning. the sins of democrats are glossed over and ignored and the sins of Republicans are magnified. Shame on democrats and the media!
18 posted on 12/19/2008 11:07:59 AM PST by Ditter
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To: weegee

I imagine it would be difficult to find a President before Nixon who didn’t get away with the same or worse.


19 posted on 12/19/2008 11:08:28 AM PST by Borges
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To: gracesdad

I wouldn’t call this man a traitor, that is what Bill Ayers was. A traitor has to serve a foreign power, like the press did. In wartime.

The media wanted to get Nixon, regardless of the circumstances.

I’m still of the mind that if there was such abuse, that even without this break in that served no function to the campaign, the press would have seized upon something in 4 years time.


20 posted on 12/19/2008 11:08:40 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: Borges

The public has been lied to for 40 years. They believe that Nixon’s own habit of taping set him up for prosecution. It was JFK who installed the taping system and LBJ who expanded it. Their tapes come out in drips and drabbles.

The public at large doesn’t even know about them.


21 posted on 12/19/2008 11:10:10 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: gracesdad

There clearly is a double standard of our system that prosecutes Republicans and congratulates democrat Presidents such as Johnson and Kennedy, who did far more evil than Nixon.


22 posted on 12/19/2008 11:10:41 AM PST by MBB1984
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To: mkjessup
Adios, fink.

Ditto's. If this guy truly had courage, he would have publicly blown the whistle rather than hiding behind the WA Post and their ilk. Instead he was a coward and it took his dementia and his liberal children to push him out in front of the cameras...

23 posted on 12/19/2008 11:14:03 AM PST by vox_freedom (G K Chesterton: "If there were no God, there would be no atheists.")
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To: Publius804
Watergate...Watergate? Oh you mean that minor little incident in comparison to Billys BJ’s, Hillary stealing FBI records, archive files being stolen, Barney Franks male whorehouse in his home, Billy's rape accusations, BOs Birth certificate fraud, etc. etc.
24 posted on 12/19/2008 11:16:32 AM PST by jetson
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To: Borges

“I imagine it would be difficult to find a President before Nixon who didn’t get away with the same or worse.”

Why specify “before”? Clinton got away with the exact same thing. Actually, Clinton’s was probably worse, because Nixon covered up for someone else’s misdeeds, deeds which barely even had a victim, whereas Clinton covered up for himself.


25 posted on 12/19/2008 11:16:57 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Publius804

Good riddance to bad rubbish.


26 posted on 12/19/2008 11:32:17 AM PST by MahatmaGandu (Remember, remember, the twenty-sixth of November.)
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To: Publius804

When he came forward a couple of years ago he was already suffering from Alzheimer’s. I doubt if he acted alone and I also suspect a lot of the ‘evidence’ was bullship created by the woodward and bernstein.


27 posted on 12/19/2008 11:44:29 AM PST by Carley
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To: weegee

I would imagine that Woodward & Berstein might have been tempted to attribute certain ‘facts’ to “Deep Throat” in order to get them past their editor & into print.


28 posted on 12/19/2008 11:44:41 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Luke21

There are those on the right to dance on Nixon’s grave as well.

Pathetic.


29 posted on 12/19/2008 11:45:46 AM PST by Carley
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To: Tallguy

I like how Woodward cried foul when this guy’s family talked to the press instead of taking his secret to the grave.


30 posted on 12/19/2008 11:46:05 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: Publius804
I think Felt was a cutout for the real DT, Alexander Haig. See this: http://www.watergate.com/#woodhaig
31 posted on 12/19/2008 11:52:23 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: weegee

Woodward treats “Watergate History” like it’s his own private turf. OTOH, he kept Felt’s secret partly on the condition that Woodward would be the one to release Felt’s identity upon his death (or permission). Felt did sorta scr3w him over. Imagine the multi-million-dollar book advance that Woody lost on that deal?


32 posted on 12/19/2008 11:54:39 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Publius804
Sorry...but the REAL Deep Throat is still very much alive

The media just loves it when the sheeple buy their BS

33 posted on 12/19/2008 11:54:42 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (LIBERAL MEDIA PICKS GOP CANDIDATE STORY AT 11:00!)
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To: gracesdad
Yeah, I just hate it when somebody exposes corruption and illegal activities.

See post #23 and spare us the wah-wah-wah.
34 posted on 12/19/2008 12:53:31 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I know I shouldn’t speak ill of the dead, but burn Felt burn.


35 posted on 12/19/2008 1:12:22 PM PST by RDTF (BO smells and eventually people do what's necessary to avoid it)
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To: MBB1984

“There clearly is a double standard of our system that prosecutes Republicans and congratulates democrat Presidents such as Johnson and Kennedy, who did far more evil than Nixon.”

Well there it is then — Nixon and buddies should have gotten away with it. What great logic.


36 posted on 12/19/2008 1:52:06 PM PST by gracesdad
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To: vox_freedom

“If this guy truly had courage, he would have publicly blown the whistle rather than hiding behind the WA Post and their ilk.”

I guess he valued keeping his FBI career but didn’t care for Nixon and his scumbags.


37 posted on 12/19/2008 1:53:23 PM PST by gracesdad
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To: Publius804

Only the good die young.


38 posted on 12/19/2008 1:53:31 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: antiRepublicrat
Any citizen who brings the illegal activities of his government to light is a hero in my book.

I have to agree with this, and I'll go one further. Richard Nixon, the president he helped topple, was a RINO who made George W. Bush look like a rigid adherent to conservative principles. But I have a different reason to dislike Felt. He was one of the people who went overboard in the investigation of the Weather Underground. Misconduct such as that is what led to Ayers getting off the hook and not still being in jail (that is if Clinton hadn’t pardoned him). Continue the alternate timeline, Obama wouldn’t be president elect right now if Ayers had been in jail as he should have been.

Interesting points. Didn't Felt actually face criminal charges because of things he did in his investigation?

39 posted on 12/19/2008 2:07:04 PM PST by murdoog (http://babydoc3.livejournal.com)
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To: Publius804
Best of luck...
40 posted on 12/19/2008 4:55:42 PM PST by Volunteer
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To: Cementjungle

Only the “good” die young?

See what Ben Stein has to say:

http://spectator.org/archives/2005/06/01/deep-throat-and-genocide


41 posted on 12/19/2008 5:19:12 PM PST by Burr5
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To: antiRepublicrat

He did the right thing for the wrong reasons. His reason for turning on Nixon was revenge for being passed over for a promotion. How many Vietnamese and Cambodians paid with their lives for his bruised ego?


42 posted on 12/19/2008 6:25:22 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: murdoog
Didn't Felt actually face criminal charges because of things he did in his investigation?

The Carter administration, pandering to the Left, decided to prosecute the FBI leadership. Felt was convicted in November 1980 of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of the Weathermen, their friends and family. Many or most FBI agents supported him. Ronald Reagan pardoned Felt shortly after taking office.

43 posted on 12/19/2008 11:21:13 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Publius804

Felt is the prototype of those who run to the media, who leak anonymously, rather than report to the proper legal authorities. That has become a plague on our government, and a threat to democracy. He can go to hell.


44 posted on 12/20/2008 2:28:56 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: gracesdad
"Yeah, I just hate it when somebody exposes corruption and illegal activities."

Don't be stupid. He should have gone to the proper legal authorities, not the media, and he should have done it in the open. He set the precedent for anonymous leaks to the press by anyone who has a beef with official policy. He undermined democracy by setting the foundation for coup d'etat via leaks and media/bureaucracy collaboration.
45 posted on 12/20/2008 2:33:55 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: gracesdad

It is your logic that is flawed, as instead of prosecuting murderers and reckless corruption you would rather see the prosecution of relatively minor crimes.


46 posted on 12/20/2008 11:41:19 AM PST by MBB1984
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To: Publius804

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/deep-throat-too-late-the-hero/


47 posted on 12/20/2008 11:51:36 AM PST by the Real fifi
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To: Steve_Seattle

“Don’t be stupid. He should have gone to the proper legal authorities, not the media, and he should have done it in the open. He set the precedent for anonymous leaks to the press by anyone who has a beef with official policy. He undermined democracy by setting the foundation for coup d’etat via leaks and media/bureaucracy collaboration.”

Isn’t it amazing how this never happened before him and even more incredible that it most certainly never would have happened in the future if he hadn’t done what he did?


48 posted on 12/20/2008 3:39:20 PM PST by gracesdad
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To: MBB1984

“It is your logic that is flawed, as instead of prosecuting murderers and reckless corruption you would rather see the prosecution of relatively minor crimes.”

Umm, murders? Sure.

You can argue all day whether Nixon and his minions’ crimes were “minor,” but the crap they did was destructive, particularly the coverup effort. Was revealing it more destructive than the act itself? Who knows? But to argue that Nixon’s crimes shouldn’t have been exposed is silly.

BTW, you’ll note that a number of Clinton’s “crimes” were exposed and he was impeached. He was then acquitted. Like it or not, that’s how our system works. Nixon, on the other hand, didn’t have a prayer of beating impeachment and he knew it. He deserved what he got.


49 posted on 12/20/2008 3:52:42 PM PST by gracesdad
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