The former #2 man at the FBI, the now 91-year-old Mark Felt, has been confirmed as having been the legendary “Deep Throat”.

“Deep Throat” was the nickname reporters Woodward and Bernstein gave to their confidential informant who helped expose the Watergate scandal which brought down President Richard Nixon.

The identity of “Deep Throat” was confirmed by Woodward and Bernstein themselves. Rumors as to who was “Deep Throat” ran amok since the story broke in the papers in 1972, and the subsequent detailing in the 1974 bestseller, All the President’s Men.

All the rumors, including an “Editor & Publisher Magazine” poll in February of this year, where readers fingered now Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist as “Deep Throat”, turned out to be false.

Woodward and Bernstein were lucky. The story told to them by Mark Felt happened to be true. If Felt had been just another “Koran flushed down the toilet at Guantanamo” type of false informant, Woodward and Bernstein would be but footnotes in history, toiling away in cubicles at Newsweek magazine.

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