Motives Abound

After several hours of simply repeating that W. Mark Felt is the source formerly known as Deep Throat, Internet bloggers are beginning to switch into pundit mode -- offering theories as to why Felt confirmed important pieces of the Watergate investigation.

"It was an act of revenge, pure and simple. Felt had a vendetta against the president, and he got back at him by spoon feeding information to Woodward, knowing it would fatally damage Nixon," said Punditguy.

-- Hal Straus

By washingtonpost.com |  May 31, 2005; 8:19 PM ET  | Category:  W. Mark Felt
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It's not surprising that we would eventually start musing over it. Myself, up until the confirmation came in, I was wondering if he really was, or if something had folded in the fellow's mind (with all respect to Mr. Felt). It's good to have this confirmed now, but we'll probably speculate yet for years on Mr. Felt's motivations.

Posted by: Bruce -- Harper Blue | June 1, 2005 12:22 AM

I agree that revenge played a large part in Mr. Felt's motivation to snitch. Would he have done so had Nixon appointed him director of the FBI?
I am not saying that I wish he hadn't leak information to bust open the case, only that I don't buy that his motivations were golden to the core. Nixon and his crew, Felt and his crew-- are people cut from the same cloth of power, ambition, and greed.

Posted by: Nina | June 1, 2005 09:18 AM

By failing to reveal who his sources were or where their interests lie, Woodward concealed the fact that many of his sources had axes to grind and/or agencies to protect. For example, his source Robert Bennett, then working for the Mullen Company (Howard Hunt's "employer"), was a CIA asset who wrote a memo to his CIA handler which said that Woodward agreed to downplay CIA involvement in exchange for exclusive information. Likewise, Felt knew the FBI had much to hide in terms of illegal wiretaps and break-ins (blackbag jobs), the very things Felt was squealing on Watergate crowd for, and that his exclusive information provided to Woodward would keep the investigation away from FBI misconduct, misconduct which came to light several years later.

Posted by: butterfield 8 | June 1, 2005 08:15 PM

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