Vanity Fair magazine said on Tuesday that Mark Felt, a former FBI official, had revealed himself to be "Deep Throat," the legendary source who leaked Watergate scandal secrets to the Washington Post and brought down President Richard Nixon.I guess the real question is why come out now?
He was acting associate FBI director after Hoover died, in May of '72. He might have concluded that the bureau was being politicized during that period. His denial in 1999 was not too convincing:
Are you Deep Throat? The answer to that is yes and no. I'm the person that they're talking about. [Chatterbox was initially tantalized by this, but quickly realized Felt meant "I'm the Mark Felt who worked at the FBI in 1972."] I was involved very deeply in all that ... went on. But I'm not guilty of disclosure, leaking it to the press, or anything like that.My hope is that he wants to send a message to others out there now that it's never too late to keep government agencies from being used for politcal gain.