The Right Coast

May 31, 2005
 
Deep Throat is Revealed
By Mike Rappaport

It turns out to have been the No. 2 man at the FBI, Mark Felt. Felt comes across as pretty interesting in the articles about him.

Felt himself was mentioned several times over the years as a candidate for Deep Throat, but he regularly denied that he was the source. "I would have done better," Felt told The Hartford Courant in 1999. "I would have been more effective. Deep Throat didn't exactly bring the White House crashing down, did he?"

Felt had expressed reservations in the past about revealing his identity, and about whether his actions were appropriate for an FBI man, his grandson said. According to the article, Felt once told his son, Mark Jr., that he did not believe being Deep Throat "was anything to be proud of. ... You (should) not leak information to anyone."
The New York Times saves for the last paragraph of the story this interesting tidbit: "Felt was convicted in the 1970s for authorizing illegal break-ins at homes of people associated with the radical Weather Underground. He was pardoned by President Reagan in 1981."

It would be interesting to know more about him. I suppose we will find out quite a bit in the next few days.