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I really wanted to believe he was Deep Throat

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2010 at 11:13 am
Alexander Haig, US Secretary of State, 1981.

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Alexander Haig is dead.

According to The New York Times, the 85-year-old died this morning at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and while many will remember him for his spectacular power plays such as when Ronald Reagan was the subject of an assassination attempt, I will always remember for almost being Deep Throat.

Deep Throat, of course, was the name given to the super secret source of The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward as he and Carl Bernstein helped unravel the Watergate scandal.

Guessing who he was became the ultimate parlor game.

In 1982, former White House Counsel John Dean pegged Haig as the cuplrit.

And while it made sense on a certain level — even as late as 2004, the American Journalism Review pointed out that Haig did match some of Woodward’s descriptions of his source — it didn’t take Haig long to deny it, calling the claim “absurd.”

Of course, there’s also the fact, that Mark Felt, who was the FBI’s number two, was later revealed to be the source.

Still, it was a nice thought, that this former Chief of Staff under Nixon, former Secretary of State under Reagan, former Supreme Commander of NATO, could also be a great defender of democracy and the First Amendment.

Alas, it was not to be…. I guess we’ll go back to remembering as the man who said he was in charge, forgetting about the people above him.

Oh, well.

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  1. Dood, I can’t believe you would accept that falsehood about Felt being Deep Throat?

    Explain how he managed to overhear stuff that would have required his presence in the Oval Office, dood? (FYI, Nixon’s Oval Office was swept twice each day for bugs, once by the official Secret Service techs, and also by an outside team).

    Deep Throat was comprised of probably several or more people in the White House Communications Agency — the people responsible for landlines and outside comm.

    Next you’ll be accepting that phony FBI feeb story about Mr. Ivens and that Anthrax — kindly explain how Ivens managed to weaponize that stuff when he didn’t have access to the necessary equipment?

    ‘Nuff said….

  2. […] like most of the others, denied having been the Post’s source. And the guessing game finally came to an end in 2005, when W. Mark Felt, formerly a senior FBI […]

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