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Profile of Deep Throat
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Hello I'm Milo for About.com and today we're talking about the person behind the pseudonym Deep Throat. On June 17th 1972, a politically motivated break-in took place at the offices of the Democratic Party at the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC. This break-in ultimately led to the resignation two years later of the President of the United States, Richard Nixon, in what became known as the Watergate scandal. Many high-profile names were dragged into the controversy, but there was one player whose identity was to remain a complete mystery for a further 31 years.In the aftermath of the Watergate break-in, two journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein investigated the story for the Washington Post. Although the break-in caused immediate media interest, this interest faded as new evidence began to dry up.  However, Woodward and Bernstein had a secret source supplying them with clues and information they needed to keep the story on the front pages.Over the next two years they continued to publish articles containing incriminating information of the political cover-up supplied directly by this secret source, a person dubbed “Deep Throat.” As the investigation and the articles progressed, it became clear just how far up the government chain of command the cover-up had reached.When President Nixon himself became implicated, he faced the distinct possibility of being thrown from office. Instead of impeachment, President Nixon decided to resign from office on August 8th 1974.Woodward and Bernstein published a book in 1974 called All the President's Men which told the story of their original investigation, but both journalists swore never to reveal the true identity of Deep Throat. It was only decades later, in 2005, that former FBI official Mark Felt chose to reveal himself as the man behind the pseudonym Deep Throat in an article he collaborated with for the magazine Vanity Fair. With his name now in the public domain, Woodward and Bernstein quickly reaffirmed his claim and one of the most enduring political mysteries of the 20th century was finally brought to a close. For more excellent, insightful, and interesting information on the 20th Century, check us out at About dot com.
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