Mark Felt, who was the source known as “Deep Throat�? in the 1972 Watergate scandal, has died. He was 95.
Mark Felt died in his home in Santa Rosa, California. Felt was “Deep Throat,” the infamous source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein regarding the burglary of the Democratic Party National Committee headquarters in 1972. The scandal that resulted from the break-in brought down former President Richard Nixon. The true identity of “Deep Throat” remained a secret until May 2005, when Felt’s identity was revealed in an article for Vanity Fair magazine.
For decades, he was known only as “Deep Throat,�? a name borrowed from the title of one of the most famous pornographic films of all-time.
Mark Felt was born in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1913. He received his B.A. at the University of Idaho in 1935. He moved to Washington shortly after graduation. He worked several jobs in Washington D.C. while earning a law degree at night at George Washington University in 1940.
He joined the FBI in 1941. He worked at a variety of posts with the FBI and worked his way up the organization during his more than three decades there. Felt ultimately became associate director of the FBI, the second highest position in the Bureau, shortly before the Watergate scandal broke in 1972.
In 1972, five men broke into the Watergate Hotel in Washington to install wiretaps in the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters. The burglars were arrested by police. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein investigated the burglaries. Felt, who had met Woodward when Woodward was in the Navy years prior, became their primary source in connecting the burglaries to President Richard Nixon. Ultimately, Woodward and Bernstein’s articles in the Washington Post resulted in a special prosecutor investigation that led to President Nixon’s resignation.
In 1979, Felt published memoirs entitled “The FBI Pyramid from the Inside.” In the memoirs, he denied that he was “Deep Throat.” Until the Vanity Fair article in 2005, no one had publicly confirmed his historic role as “Deep Throat.”
Felt was married for over 40 years and had two children. His wife passed away in 1984.