What does deep throat mean?

Former FBI deputy director William Mark Felt broke his 30-year silence và confirmed in 2005 that he was “Deep Throat,” the anonymous government source who helped take down President Nixon in the Watergate scandal.

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Former FBI deputy director William Mark Felt, Sr., age 91, broke his 30-year silence and confirmed in June 2005 that he was “Deep Throat,” the anonymous government source who had leaked crucial information lớn Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, which helped take down President Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate scandal.


Watergate began in June 1972 when five sầu robbers linked to Nixon’s re-election campaign were caught red-handed wiretapping phones and stealing documents inside the Democratic National Committee’s office in Washington, D.C.’s Watergate office complex.

Nixon – who denied involvement or knowledge of the incident – then participated in an extensive sầu cover-up.

Throughout the 1972 election campaign và beyond, Deep Throat fed Woodward & Bernstein a steady flow of information which exposed Nixon’s knowledge of the scandal.


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G. Gordon Liddy connived the Watergate break-in.The idea to break inlớn the Democratic National Committee’s office và tap their phones was the brainchild of G. Gordon Liddy, Finance Counsel for the Committee for the Reelection of the President (CRP). He took his plan lớn White House Counsel John Dean and Attorney General John Mitchell, who approved a smaller-scale version of the idea.


The initial break-in and wiretapping went without a hitch; however, when the burglars returned lớn the scene of the crime to lớn fix some broken wiretaps on June 17, 1972, they were caught red-handed & arrested.


After the arrests, Liddy and his accomplices scrambled lớn destroy evidence as the Nixon propagandomain authority machine went inkhổng lồ full gear. They vehemently denied they, the President or anyone in the White House nhà trắng were involved with the break-in, even though a $25,000 check allotted for Nixon’s campaign mysteriously ended up in the bank account of a real estate firm owned by one of the robbers.


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Mark Felt posing for a picture with his pistol drawn for a newspaper story in 1958. (Credit: Howard Moore/Deseret Morning News/Getty Images)


‘Deep Throat’ was No. 2 at the FBI.At the time of the break-in, Felt was second-in-commvà at the FBI và in charge of day-to-day operations. He was essentially point man for the FBI investigation inkhổng lồ the crime.

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Felt và his staff interviewed dozens of CRP members, but the meetings were also attended by Nhà Trắng lawyers. Felt believed transcripts of the interviews were passed on khổng lồ White House nhà trắng counsel John Dean by acting FBI director Patrick Gray.

Felt knew Nixon was involved in Watergate but after a few months of the investigation being derailed by an uncooperative White House nhà trắng, it seemed his connection would remain a well-guarded secret. Knowing there was much more khổng lồ the story, Felt took matters into his own hands & began leaking information khổng lồ Woodward.


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Bob Woodward (left) và Carl Bernstein in the Washington Post newsroom. (Credit: Ken Feil/The Washington Post/Getty Images)


Woodward & Bernstein doggedly pursued the scandal.Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein, then both in their 20s, rode the Watergate investigation hard right out of the gate.

According to lớn their books, All the President’s MenThe Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat, Woodward spoke with Felt 17 times between June 1972 và November 1973, sometimes by phone but also in person at a parking garage in Rosslyn, Virginia, & often using clandestine tactics to keep from being discovered.

Felt never let Woodward or Bernstein quote hyên ổn directly và at first only confirmed existing leads. As the investigation unfolded, however, he offered some new information.

The moniker “Deep Throat” referred to lớn a controversial but widely viewed pornographic film of the same name that was released in 1972.


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Nixon claimed it was just a ‘witch hunt.’In October of that year, Watergate was finally linked to Nixon when the FBI determined the operation was a massive thiết lập of spying & sabotage by Nixon’s aides lớn tư vấn his re-election.

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Woodward và Bernstein kept the pressure on as Nixon’s White House fought baông xã and claimed their ambitious reporting was nothing more than “a witch hunt.”

The White House’s tactics seemed to lớn work, though, and Nixon was re-elected by a landslide in November. Still, much to Nixon’s dismay, the Watergate investigation—with Woodward, Bernstein and Deep Throat at the helm—only escalated.


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President Richard Nixon with the Watergate tapes, 1974. (Credit: Universal onlineaz.vn Archive/UIG via Getty Images)


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