John Dean Says He’ll Unmask ‘Deep Throat’

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(AP) Thirty years after the 1972 Watergate break-in, former White House counsel John Dean intends to make another attempt to uncover “Deep Throat,” the anonymous informant who helped unseat President Nixon.

Dean plans to publish an electronic book revealing who he believes was the source for Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

San Francisco-based online magazine Salon.com will offer Dean’s e-book on the June 17 anniversary, Managing Editor Scott Rosenberg said Tuesday.

Dean has made at least two previous guesses, naming two different people in 1975 and 1982.

“Obviously, he has strong personal interest in the subject,” Rosenberg said. “After a lot of careful research that he details in the book, he’s pretty certain he knows who it was.”

In 1975, Dean said in a speech in Natchitoches, La., that Deep Throat was Earl J. Silbert, one of the original Watergate prosecutors. Silbert laughed at the idea.

In a 1982 book, “Lost Honor,” Dean said Deep Throat had to be Alexander M. Haig, who was the No. 2 aide to Henry Kissinger at the National Security Council and later Nixon’s chief of staff. Haig denied it.

Testimony from Dean against Nixon also helped uncover the Republican president’s efforts to obstruct justice to hide his involvement in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters and subsequent cover-up.

Calls and an e-mail to Dean seeking comment were not returned.

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