The death of Deep Throat…

IT’S been a bit morbid today, but another death worth noting is that of Watergate‘s Deep Throat, former FBI associate director Mark Felt. Possibly the best-known anonymous source in modern history, the ‘smoking man’ gave Woodward and Bernstein a smoking gun that eventually led to President Nixon’s resignation – the only US leader to have done so. While newspapers are often (and sometimes rightly) pilloried for their reliance on anonymous sources, without Felt it’s likely that the biggest story of the 1970s would have been buried. The issues are as relevant today as they were then and how the US (and UK) deal with whistleblowers has never really been satisfactorily resolved, and the FBI continues to get politically involved. Not a bad day to register (free) to the Washington Post for its full backgrounder on this incredible story that defined an era in US politics and journalism.

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