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Deep Throat Dead

W. Mark Felt, the "Deep Throat" who tipped off reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during Watergate, died last night at 95. He was the number two official at the FBI when he began leaking news of the crime to The Washington Post reporters. His motive was in part because he had been spurned by Nixon's decision to overlook him when replacing J. Edgar Hoover as the Feds’ head. Paradoxically, in 1980, Felt himself was convicted of authorizing nine illegal break-ins to the homes of those related to the Weather Underground. He was convicted and received a presidential pardon from Reagan.

December 19, 2008 1:58 AM