- NAME: William Mark Felt
- OCCUPATION: Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: August 17, 1913
- DEATH DATE: December 18, 2008
- EDUCATION: Twin Falls Senior High School, University of Idaho, George Washington University Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Twin Falls, Idaho
- PLACE OF DEATH: Santa Rosa, California
- AKA: Deep Throat
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William Mark Felt was an associate director of the FBI who became a secret informant and broke the Watergate story to reporters.
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The hot tip gave journalists enough leverage to call for a widespread investigation of the White House's activities, and sped up what would have otherwise become a slow and lengthy trial.
The televised trials in 1973 revealed a string of criminal acts involving campaign fraud, political espionage, breaking and entering, and illegal wiretapping that all led back to President Nixon and his staff. The evidence eventually led to Nixon’s resignation on August 8th, 1974. Yet even after the trial,
the identity of the man known as Deep Throat remained a mystery.
Felt retired from the FBI on June 22, 1973. But it wasn't until May 31st, 2005, that he broke his silence in an issue of Vanity Fair. After suffering a stroke, and encountering serious illness, his daughter, Joan, persuaded him to go public. The article revealed Felt's identity as Deep Throat. Woodward and Bernstein later confirmed this to be fact.
On December 18th, 2008, Mark Felt died after suffering from congestive heart failure. He and his wife Audrey, who died in 1984, had two children, Mark and Joan. They lived in Santa Rosa, California.
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