I’ve been a bit distracted with other things today. But over the course of the day and out of the corner of my eye, I started to realize that the Deep Throat mystery was officially over. It’s not just been reported. Or reasoned out, or claimed or triangulated. Late this afternoon, the Post itself even officially reported it, with Woodward and Ben Bradlee confirming that Mark Felt, then #2 at the FBI, was Deep Throat.
It’s hard to say what significance it all has historically at this point, though it does shed some new light or at least deepens our understanding of the role the Nixon administration’s antagonism with the FBI had in bringing Nixon down.
Whatever it means for history, it’s the end to an iconic mystery — one that for better and sometimes worse was at the heart of what was once the glamor of late 20th century journalism.