December 19th, 2008
11:20 AM ET
5 years ago

Bernstein first met 'Deep Throat' this year

Carl Bernstein says Mark Felt's information on Watergate was absolutely invaluable.
Carl Bernstein says Mark Felt's information on Watergate was absolutely invaluable.

(CNN) - Reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward relied on FBI insider W. Mark Felt as a reliable but anonymous source for their stories on the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.

Felt, referred to as "Deep Throat" in the Washington Post stories and in Woodward and Bernstein's book "All the President's Men," died Thursday in California at 95. He revealed his identity for the first time in 2005.

Bernstein never met Felt until this year, but praised his courage during an interview Friday on CNN's "American Morning."

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  1. gerri

    Thanks be to the people with the courage to leak the truth.

    December 19, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Peter

    He was a good person...

    December 19, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Ray Fisher

    I considered Mr. Felt a patriot but Woodward & Bernstein owe their entire careers to him. Sadly, the lessons we should have learned back then were lost on our current loser in the White House.

    December 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Linda Lovelace

    Who died?

    December 19, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Now, if we could get some people to leak about G.W. Bush. But the truth usually has a way of coming out. Such as the headlines this morning about the legal troubles Rumsfeld , Ashcroft and others are going to have about torturing people, and I'm sure this will lead to Bush also.

    December 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Greg in MN

    Felt should be given some kind of award for being a true American. Putting right before wrong. Country before politics.

    December 19, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Independent

    Seattle Sue: The problem with your thinking is that Bush's actions were not necessarily illegal, no matter how highly immoral.

    December 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Truth Hurts

    CNN,

    You are slipping. I just read that Sarah Palin to be son in law mother was arrested in Alaska on Drug charges. She had to post a $5000 dollar bail on 6 felony charges for having control substances. And I still don't believe baby Trigg is Sarah baby. I was reading about how her daughter who is pregnant, missed 4 to 5 months of school previous to April of this year. Baby Trigg was born in April of this year. And now she is pregnant again due this month or next month.

    It is very possible that baby Trigg could be Sarah's daughter baby. Me and my sister are 8 months apart. Do the math from April to Dec. or Jan. You can have a baby and go back to the doctor in 6 weeks and be pregnant again. Also, another thing that sparked my curiousity is how Sarah daughter hold's baby Trigg. She holds him maternally. Only moms know this and this is a instinct to do. Sarah would hold baby Trigg in all kinds of ways. Ways that somebody who is not the mom would hold him!!

    December 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. sick n tired

    I would have picked a better code name! I mean seriously "DEEP THROAT"? Thats the best you could come up with? really? WOW!

    December 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    The Truth is Patriotic...Mr. Felt put Country First and ended a regime that was corrupt, immoral, and dangerous. That was a great job by both the media and the Mr. Felt and I am so thankful for Woodward and Bernstein for their contribution to America.

    December 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Milhouse van Houten

    And here I thought it was Waylon Smithers.

    December 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Kal

    The guy was a criminal that violated americans constitutonal rights! He put his own petty feelings above the security and the oath he made to the american people. I am pretty sure there was an Attorney General he could have gone to, instead, he was spiteful and vindictive of being turn-down for promotions from Nixon. Convicted lated of illegal searches, and pardoned by your boy Reagan. Courageous one this guy.

    December 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. David

    I would have picked a better code name! I mean seriously "DEEP THROAT"? Thats the best you could come up with? really? WOW!<<<<

    "sick n tired", your younger than 30 that's for sure. You have NO IDEA what was going on circa 1972, did you?

    December 19, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Jackie

    Courage? The man was convicted of illegal searches, quoting "it was in Americans interest" and "for the greater good"? True Nazi in FBI clothing. Trashing American constitutional rights doesn't take courage, and a pardon by your boy Reagan, that took courage.

    December 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. JB

    I agree with Gregg in MN, Mr Felt should be honored with an award for his patriotic duty to this country.

    December 19, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Fernando Vega

    HA HA HA HA REPUBLICANS HA HA HA

    HE LAUGHED ALL THE WAY TO THE GRAVE. HE GOT YOUR GUY. HE DID NO JAIL TIME HE IS A HERO

    MARK FELT COIN OR STAMP NOW

    December 19, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. deb in Colo

    Mark Felt – an American Hero!

    December 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. naqib

    I wonder who the next big whisle blower will be?

    Blago, Harris, Rezko or JJ Jr.

    December 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Matt in CT

    Once a snitch, always a snitch.

    December 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Jackie in Dallas

    Gee, when I think of all of the contraversy that surrounded "Deep Throat" at the time, how they called the informant a traitor, and liar, I wonder what could have happened if we had only had the modern equivalent to come forward on President Bush and VP Cheney's shenanigans! Thankfully, a grateful nation saw Nixon resign, and recognized the amazing bravery of the informant long before he came forth and identified himself.

    I only wish we had had some Federal agents with the same courage and convictions come forward on Iraq or the dozen or so other malfeances in office our current administration has exhibited.

    December 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |

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