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Mark Felt

Mark Felt admitted he was Deep Throat in 2005

MARK FELT, THE FORMER FBI OFFICIAL WHO REVEALED HIMSELF TO BE DEEP
THROAT, THE SOURCE THAT EXPOSED THE NIXON-ERA WATERGATE SCANDAL, HAS
DIED.

His family say he died at a hospice near his home in California, aged
95.

Deep Throat helped reporters from the Washington Post newspaper uncover
abuses of presidential powers in the Nixon White House.

The scandal ultimately led President Richard Nixon to resign in disgrace
in August 1974.

I'M THE GUY THEY USED TO CALL DEEP THROAT

Mark Felt in 2005

Obituary: Mark Felt [1]

Mr Felt's daughter Joan told the Washington Post that her father
"slipped away" in his sleep.

According to the newspaper, he had suffered two strokes in recent years,
and his memory of the Watergate era had almost completely vanished
because of Alzheimer's disease.

POLITICAL COVER-UPS

Mystery surrounded the identity of Deep Throat - named after a popular
pornographic movie of the time - for decades, until Mark Felt admitted
being the source in 2005.

"I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat," he told the US magazine
Vanity Fair in an article that revealed his secret.

Until then, the Washington Post had refused to confirm his identity.

Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had said they would only break
their silence after his death.

He secretly guided the journalists as they investigated a burglary at
the Democratic National Committee HQ in Washington's Watergate complex
in June 1972.

The break-in was traced to members of a Nixon-support group, the
Committee to Re-elect the President.

Further inquiries unearthed a web of political spying, sabotage and
bribery that led all the way to the White House and, eventually,
President Nixon's resignation.

It is not known exactly why Mr Felt decided to leak damaging secrets but
the Washington Post said he detested the Nixon administration's attempts
to subvert the FBI's investigations into the crimes and cover ups.

According to the Post, Mr Felt had insisted on remaining completely
anonymous, or on "deep background". He was dubbed Deep Throat by a
newspaper editor.

Mr Felt is said to have struggled for many years with the consequences
of his actions, fearing he betrayed his FBI badge by disclosing
government secrets.

Critics called him a traitor for betraying the Commander-in-Chief. His
supporters insist Felt was a hero for blowing the whistle on a corrupt
administration.

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