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"Deep Throat" dies aged 95

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Mark Felt – known for decades only as Deep Throat in the Watergate Scandal – has died at the age of 95.

The former FBI official and arguably most famous whistle-blower of all time, suffered from congestive heart failure. Felt only revealed himself as Deep Throat in 2005, after years of speculation as to who it was who had provided the vital information that brought down Republican President Richard Nixon. He was eventually forced to resign in 1974 after a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters turned into a full-blown scandal. It was largely Felt’s tip-offs that led Washington Post journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover what was to become known as Watergate. They were the ones who nicknamed Felt “Deep Throat” but vowed to keep his identity a secret. “We made a supposition that he hated the things he was seeing both in terms of the criminality of the Nixon administration and perhaps an institutional attitude about the Bureau (FBI)being ruined and misused as part of a criminal enterprise,” said Carl Bernstein. Woodward and Bernstein recounted their role in the bringing down of Nixon in their book “All the President’s Men”. The book and its film adaptation made Deep Throat a household name.