Watergate’s Deep Throat Mark Felt dead at 95

Mark Felt, for over 30 years known simply as Deep Throat, the man who brought down Nixon has died aged 95.

Felt was the associate director of the FBI from 1972 to 1974 and investigated the break in at the Watergate Hotel. Felt leaked information to reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein at the Washington Post about the Nixon Administration’s involvement in the break in, leading eventually to Nixon’s resignation.

Deep Throat became known to the American public after the publication of the novel All the Presidents Men in 1974, then a movie based on the book in 1976. For over 30 years the identity of Deep Throat was never known, but much discussed, until Felt outed himself in 2005.

Felt suffered from congestive heart failure at his home in Santa Rosa, California. The New York Times noted that Felt was “the most famous anonymous source in American history.”