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Deep Throat and The Watergate Scandal Summary

The Watergate Scandal The Watergate scandal was one of the greatest presidential scandals of the 20th century.

The identity of Deep Throat, Bob Woodward's background source during the Watergate scandal in 1972, remains one of the most intriguing mysteries in America .

Managing editor of The Washington Post Howard Simons coined the informant "Deep Throat" after a popular porn film.

 

Despite the controversy, Bob Woodward has kept his promise to protect Deep Throat's identity, saying he wishes to remain anonymous.

Only Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, and Ben Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, definitively know the identity of the infamous Deep Throat.

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There are many theories as to the identity of Deep Throat and numerous facts have emerged over time.

One theory has Deep Throat as a security agent with access to sensitive or secret information.

Deep Throat, "had to be someone high in the FBI, or in the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington , who had access to FBI full field investigation reports", says Maurice Stans in her book The Terrors of Justice.

Although Bob Woodward kept his promise to conceal the identity of Deep Throat, he and Bernstein have given the public numerous clues as to his identity.

Woodward and Bernstein characterized Deep Throat as a "source in the Executive Branch who had access to information at the Committee to Re-Elect the President as well as at the White House".

Woodward noted that Deep Throat was a smoker and that he drank Scotch. "He could be rowdy, drink too much, overreach. He was not good at concealing his feelings, hardly ideal for a man in his position."

In 1989, Woodward argued that Deep Throat was not in the intelligence community. When asked the question "Do you resent the implication by some critics that your sources on Watergate, among them the fabled Deep Throat, may have been people in the intelligence community? Woodward responded by saying "I resent it because it's not true."

The top Deep Throat candidates are as follows:

 

Cord Meyer - Joined the CIA in 1951 and became a top aide to Richard Helms, director of central intelligence under presidents Johnson and Nixon.

William Colby - CIA director from 1973 to 1976.

Alexander Haig - Former Nixon chief of staff. He joined the Nixon administration as a military aide to Henry Kissinger.

Fred Fielding - A lawyer and first assistant to John Dean, chief counsel to President Richard Nixon.

David Gergen - An assistant speechwriter during the Nixon Administration.

Frank Gannon - supervisor of editing and transcribing of the Oval Office tapes.

Raymond Price - President Richard Nixon's chief speechwriter.

It is very unlikely, despite all the research and controversy over identity of Deep Throat, that his identity will not be revealed as long as he is still alive.

As Bob Woodward said to the Washington Post in 1992, "As you know, I'm not going to discuss the identity of Deep Throat or any other of my confidential sources who are still alive." However, "I've never had anyone ask me to extend anonymity past their death.

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