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6/1/05-California

"Deep Throat" ID Confirmed

Mark Felt, now 91, was the No. 2 official at the FBI in the early 1970s.  The revelation on Tuesday ends more than three decades of speculation about Woodward and Bernstein's famous confidential source in reporting on the cover-up by the Nixon White House following the bungled break-in of National Democratic Committee headquarters at the Watergate office-hotel-apartment complex on June 17, 1972.

Mark Felt's daughter says her father reacted with a "big grin" when The Washington Post had confirmed that he was, indeed, "Deep Throat." The Post says the former FBI official was its confidential source during the Watergate scandal that eventually brought down President Richard Nixon. The paper made its announcement on its web site after Felt talked to a lawyer who wrote a magazine article for Vanity Fair.

Mark Felt, who lives in Santa Rosa, California, is said to be in poor mental and physical health because of a stroke. He appeared briefly in the doorway of his daughter's home, gripping a walker and seemingly amused by the camera crews and reporters.

Joan Felt said her father is "happy" and remembers reporter Bob Woodward "very fondly." Woodward and colleague Carl Bernstein had long maintained they would never go public with the identity of Deep Throat until after his death.

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