Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat

Paperback - 2012
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Through the shadowy persona of "Deep Throat," FBI official Mark Felt became as famous as the Watergate scandal his "leaks" helped uncover. Best known through Hal Holbrook's portrayal in the film version of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men , Felt was regarded for decades as a conscientious but highly secretive whistleblower who shunned the limelight. Yet even after he finally revealed his identity in 2005, questions about his true motivations persisted.

Max Holland has found the missing piece of that Deep Throat puzzle--one that's been hidden in plain sight all along. He reveals for the first time in detail what truly motivated the FBI's number-two executive to become the most fabled secret source in American history. In the process, he directly challenges Felt's own explanations while also demolishing the legend fostered by Woodward and Bernstein's bestselling account.

Holland critiques all the theories of Felt's motivation that have circulated over the years, including notions that Felt had been genuinely upset by White House law-breaking or had tried to defend and insulate the FBI from the machinations of President Nixon and his Watergate henchmen. And, while acknowledging that Woodward finally disowned the "principled whistleblower" image of Felt in The Secret Man, Holland shows why that famed journalist's latest explanation still falls short of the truth.

Holland showcases the many twists and turns to Felt's story that are not widely known, revealing not a selfless official acting out of altruistic patriotism, but rather a career bureaucrat with his own very private agenda. Drawing on new interviews and oral histories, old and just-released FBI Watergate files, papers of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, presidential tape recordings, and Woodward and Bernstein's Watergate-related papers, he sheds important new light on both Felt's motivations and the complex and often problematic relationship between the press and government officials.

Fast-paced and scrupulously fact-checked, Leak resolves the mystery residing at the heart of Mark Felt's actions. By doing so, it radically revises our understanding of America's most famous presidential scandal.
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, 2012.
ISBN: 9780700618293
Characteristics: xiii, 285 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jun 14, 2015

Had a poor opinion of Holland's previous book - - ditto this one! The problem with Felt as Deep Throat is that information came from within Nixon's Oval Office [which was swept for planted bugs daily, once by the Secret Service and again by a private firm]. Originally, I thought DT must be either Kissinger [but he was out of some of the meetings leaked as well] or Bob Woodward, who was a Navy officer, with NCIS, before WaPo and frequently was involved with background checks on members of the White House Communications Group. Now I believe it was the CIA all along, as at their initiation the NSA, in the early 1970s, refined the Infinity Transmitter [originally created in the 1960s by a Mr. Mittelman, in the form of a planted telephone bug] so that no on-site bug was necessary, all the tapping utilizing one's telephone was done off-site, et cetera. [Calling in without the ringer sounding, then amplifying the audio from the telephone's carbon transmitter.]
(1) All the Watergate crew were former or career CIA types;
(2) That fellow President Obama caused to be released from Cuba, Mr. Gross, who brought communications equipment for a spy network, whom the news claimed was with USAID, was a contractor to them with Development Alternatives, Inc. [DAI], which President Obama's mother once worked for, a known CIA front organization, or have done work for the CIA at various times; and,
(3) The parking lot which Mark Felt was supposed to have met with Woodward, was used daily by a highly-positioned lady, also with DAI. Suspect it was CIA all the way!
(4) Nixon, shortly prior to Watergate break-in, was demanding files from the CIA on the Kennedy assassination, along with irking Wall Street with his directives on tariffs.


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