Identity of informant no longer a mystery

A 30-plus-year mystery surrounding the Watergate scandal was recently solved when "Deep Throat," the secret informant to The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, revealed his identity in a Vanity Fair article.

A 30-plus-year mystery surrounding the Watergate scandal was recently solved when "Deep Throat," the secret informant to The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, revealed his identity in a Vanity Fair article.

W. Mark Felt was the FBI's second-in-command, reporting directly to J. Edgar Hoover. While Felt was a possible suspect all along, rumors had often circulated around more high-profile, prominently placed individuals, like Henry Kissinger or Alexander Haig.

Most frequent messages

1. When J. Edgar Hoover died in 1972, Nixon overlooked Felt as Hoover's replacement

2. Woodward first met Felt at the White House in 1970, when he was a Navy lieutenant

3. Few people had speculated that the 91-year-old Felt was indeed "Deep Throat"

4. Some feel this is part of a publicity push for The Washington Post and Bob Woodward

5. President Bush said the news about Felt caught him by surprise

Based on analysis of more than 10,000 radio and TV broadcast news shows from May 31-June 3

Evaluation and analysis by VMS

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