Tuesday, May 31, 2005

More Deep Throat

Well, I lost the office pool. I thought Deep Throat was DB Cooper.

The entire Vanity Fair piece won't be in print for several days, but it's here now.

Over at the Washington Post, Paul Farhi explains how his employer was scooped by Vanity Fair on their own story and secret.

Nora Ephron, once married to Carl Bernstein, says she's not only known for a long time that Deep Throat was Mark Felt, but she told everyone who asked her, including total strangers.

Now, cue the political attack machine that will paint this whistleblower as a disloyal operative.

As to whether Felt deserves the accolades as a "hero," it appears that Watergate wasn't the only break-in he was familiar with. The LA Times reported tonight:

Beside financial concerns, Felt and his family may have had at least one other motive in revealing himself: burnishing his reputation. In November 1980, Felt and Edward S. Miller, then head of the FBI's intelligence division, were convicted of authorizing break-ins without warrants into the homes of members of the Weathermen in the 1970s, a radical antiwar group. During the trial, Felt testified that he was following standard procedures for government investigations, according to Vanity Fair. Although President Ronald Reagan later granted the two men full pardons, O'Connor, the attorney and author of the article, noted that Felt blamed the prosecution for contributing to the death of his wife in 1984. Felt and his wife "felt betrayed by the country he had served," O'Connor wrote.