Throat was W. Mark Felt, who, at the time of Watergate, was assistant director
of the FBI.
had been angry at Nixon's failure to promote him after J. Edgar Hoover died, and
at the speed of the investigation into Watergate.
two reporters from The Washington Post, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, ('Woodsetin')
gained legendary status because of their investigation in which they proved that
Nixon had conspired to cover up a bugging and intimidation campaign against his
had agreed to maintain Deep Throat's anonymity, and only ever consulted him on
extremely important issues. After fears that his telephone was being tapped, Felt
demanded that he meet Woodward in a parking garage at night, a scene played out
in the memorable movie All
the President's Men.
announcement that Felt was Deep Throat appears to have surprised Woodstein. The
announcement was made in an interview with Vanity Fair.
1973, the Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize in public service for its coverage
of the Watergate scandal.