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Carl Bernstein

The Laurel roots of Watergate's 'Deep Throat'

The Laurel roots of Watergate's 'Deep Throat'

In the 1976 film, “All the President’s Men,” Hal Holbrook memorably portrayed an anonymous source for Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate scandal who was whimsically nicknamed “Deep Throat” by a Post editor. The importance of Deep Throat’s contributions to the Post’s coverage, combined with the enigmatic, shadowy portrayal in the film, made uncovering his identity a decades-long national mystery.

But in the film, there was a brief clue about Deep Throat’s identity that spoke to Woodward’s relationship with him. Starting with that clue and working through numerous books and articles published before and after former FBI official Mark Felt revealed himself to be...