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"Deep Throat" Gone West.

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(WFLX) When 91-year-old W. Mark Felt came out to face the world, he ended three decades of intense speculation and solved one of America's greatest mysteries. The identity of " deep throat", the source who leaked information to Washington post reporters bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

It exposed the Watergate cover-up leading to president Nixon's resignation. Mark had expressed reservations in the past about revealing his identity and about whether his actions were appropriate for a FBI man.

Recently felt privately said; "I guess people used to think deep throat was a criminal, but now they think he's a hero." The career FBI agent, came forward only after his family finally convinced him that being deep throat would be an honor.

Felt was crucial to the scandal that began in 1972 when burglars broke into the democratic headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington. Reporters Woodward and Bernstein broke story after story detailing how the break in was connected to the White House and financed by the Nixon campaign.

But not everyone thought felt was a hero. Some condemned him for going outside the legal system, a system he was sworn to uphold as FBI deputy director.   Critics say felt denied he had leaked information because he was ashamed of what he did, and that he was motivated by anger because he had been passed over for the director's job when DJ. Edgar Hoover died.

But supporters maintain that felt was driven by his devotion to the FBI, he wouldn't allow the White House to sabotage his beloved agency's investigation and was sickened by the corruption he saw in the Nixon administration.

His grandson, Nick Jones, says the family believes my grandfather, Mark Felt senior, is a great American hero, who went well above and beyond the call of duty. Mark felt's reasons for what he did can be debated, but Deep Throat's influence on American history is indisputable.

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