‘Deep Throat’ On Larry King Show on Tuesday, Pushing New Book

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By: E&P Staff

W. Mark Felt, unmasked as fabled Watergate source “Deep Throat” last year, is scheduled to appear on Larry King’s CNN interview show on Tuesday. He has a new book to promote, but at 92, and suffering from dementia, the high-profile interview is a bit of a surprise.

CNN is promoting the appearance this way: “His secrets brought down a president. The man known as ‘Deep Throat’ gives an interview 30 years in the making. Tune in at 9 p.m. ET.”

Felt claims in the new book that he always hated the fake name and resents the fact that reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein mentioned anything about him in their “All the President’s Men” classic.

He also discloses that he had kept from his family until recently the fact that his wife of 46 years did not die from a heart attack but instead committed sucide in 1984 with his service revolver, because of the strain from his legal troubles and FBI duties.

This is all according to an account of the book’s details by Lynne Duke in Saturday’s Washington Post.

The book, “A G-Man’s Life: The FBI, ‘Deep Throat’ and the Struggle for Honor in Washington,” is co-authored by John O’Connor, the lawyer whose Vanity Fair article last year revealed Felt as Deep Throat. Felt, 92, who suffers from dementia, has just been hospitalized with a fever.

“Mark has never seen himself as a chatterbox who gave up secrets,”O’Connor declares in the introduction, according to Duke. “If this book does nothing else, let it destroy that caricature. Deep Throat was a journalistic joke; the name never described Mark Felt.”

He writes that after Woodward revealed that he had a senior source in the executive branch, thereby breaking his agreement with Felt, and identified him as Deep Throat, “the retired FBI man was furious — slamming down the phone when Woodward called for his reaction” to the 1974 book.

Woodward, in his own Deep Thoat book last year, said he felt he had “leeway” to use Felt as a character in the book.

Felt has said that he did not really want to write this book but his family convinced him he should do it for the money. It is hard to say how much he participated. It said to be based on his 1979 memoir, “The FBI Pyramid From the Inside,” as well as FBI memos, a manuscript he prepared in the 1980s with his son, and interviews conducted by his family.

According to Duke, “Though Felt portrays the strain his wife suffered as an FBI wife, he ultimately blamed the government, O’Connor writes, ‘charging it with killing his wife.'”

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