Saturday, 20 December 2008

An American Hero.

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W. Mark Felt, Watergate Deep Throat, Dies at 95

W. Mark Felt, who was the No. 2 official at the F.B.I. when he helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon by resisting the Watergate cover-up and becoming Deep Throat, the most famous anonymous source in American history, died Thursday. He was 95 and lived in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Mr. Felt played a dual role in the fall of Nixon. As a secret informant, he kept the story alive in the press. As associate director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he fought the president’s efforts to obstruct the F.B.I.’s investigation of the Watergate break-in.

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Why O Why O Why cannot we find one? After the debacle of the cash for honours non-inquiry, the numerous looks at the slip and slide in standards of our MPs, would it not be nice, for once, for a high official to tell the truth about the dross who purport to be our leaders? Instead, what do we get? Yates of Scotland Yard apologising for everything from the illegal arrest in Parliament of a duty bound official doing his duty, to the unseemly prosecution of an innocent man, Peter Stagg, for a heinous murder two decades ago.