The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat

September 17. Done reading Bob Woodward’s The Secret Man. The book finally reveals the story behind one of Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s high-level confidential sources for their Washington Post articles which exposed the Watergate Scandal in 1972.

Christened only as “Deep Throat” in Bernstein and Woodward’s book All the President’s Men, he is finally revealed 33 years after the scandal as the then FBI No. 2 Mark Felt.

One of the compelling issues addressed in the book is the protection of sources. Of this Woodward wrote, “I objected to reporters or columnists trying to figure out the sources used by other reporters. It was cheap, and if everyone did it, no one would have any sources. Our job – the reporters’ job collectively – was to protect sources. Even from other reporters.”

My father advised me to read the book. He also pushed me to read All the President’s Men back in high school but I didn’t get to the end. The other Woodward book I read then and found both informative and readable is Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987. ■

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