Don't believe that historical marker!
The republic wasn't saved at the Deep Throat garage.
Posted by Michael Miner on 3 September 2013
What happened at the garage on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, was a series of rendezvous between Deep Throat and Bob Woodward (but think Hal Holbrook and Robert Redford) as Woodward and his Washington Post sidekick Carl Bernstein investigated the 1972 Watergate break-in. There's a historical marker there now, and it says this:
Mark Felt, second in command at the FBI, met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward here in this parking garage to discuss the Watergate scandal. Felt provided Woodward information that exposed the Nixon administration's obstruction of the FBI's Watergate investigation. He chose the garage as an anonymous secure location. They met at this garage six times between October 1972 and November 1973. The Watergate scandal resulted in President Nixon's resignation in 1974. Woodward's managing editor, Howard Simons, gave Felt the code name 'Deep Throat.' Woodward's promise not to reveal his source was kept until Felt announced his role as Deep Throat in 2005.
But the garage's days are numbered. Plans are to clear the area for new office buildings. I got the heads-up on this from Max Holland, the prominent debunker of Deep Throat mythology who a few months ago published Leak, a book casting a skeptical eye on Felt's motives for telling Woodward whatever it was he told him. Introducing Leak to Bleader readers, I wrote that Holland:
believes Felt was not driven by a patriotic passion to expose lawlessness at the highest levels of government. Nor was he determined to focus culpability on the White House in order to protect his FBI from being dragged down by the scandal. And he wasn't avenging himself against Nixon for having passed him over as J. Edgar Hoover's successor by instead naming assistant attorney general L. Patrick Gray as acting director of the FBI. Holland argues that Felt still wanted Gray's job, and set out to get it by 'trying to prove to the White House, through anonymous leaks to the media, that Gray was dangerously incompetent and incapable of running the Bureau.'
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