Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Deep Throat

As thrilling as it is to now know that Deep Throat was assistant FBI director W. Mark Felt, the details of the revelation are a little disappointing, and, if you want to be cynical about it, sickening.
He's 91. He was coaxed out of secrecy by a lawyer employed by his daughter Joan, who's been quoted by the Post and Vanity Fair as saying that she hoped the revelation would generate enough money for her to "pay of some bills" like her children's college loans.
Woodward, who had kept and romanticized the secret, didn't want any part of the revelation, because he didn't believe that Felt was mentally competent to change his mind about the anonymity pledge they had all taken.
To look at it most cynically: Joan Felt, perhaps financially desparate, saw a way to cash in on her father's heroism, realized it would be more profitable if he were still alive, and convinced/tricked the mentally enfeebled old man to spill it. The legend has died. At least now my Republican friends will quit claiming it was (now Senator) Bob Bennett.
RIck

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