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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Deep Throat

Though the Watergate scandal happened a decade before I was born, it will be considered as quite an event in the history of the 20th century. The only details I know about it are that President Nixon resigned because of it and that the scandal was uncovered by two journalists of The Washington Post.

Now it has been revealed that it was the then FBI No 2 who was nicknamed "Deep Throat" (not the nicest nick, I know). Two commonplace questions arise. Why now? And why at all?

Ellis Henican writes in NewsDay... For many years, Woodward and Bernstein had been promising to reveal the identity of their chief Watergate source. They'd do it, they said, just as soon as he was in the ground. But the aging Felt, nudged by family members, showed everybody he still had a move or two left. Why let someone else control your story? Why have someone else profit from it? Why not bask in what glory remains in being the one person who was there when it mattered with the courage to do what was right?

I agree; that is all there is to it. After all, everyone must be entitled to his / her 15 minutes of fame... especially if you are the world's best deep throat!

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