Deep Throat Abroad

The news has gone worldwide, mostly with straightforward coverage of "The Man Behind the Mystery," as The Independent Online in South Africa calls Felt.

In Beijing, the government-controlled China Daily plays up the testimony of former Nixon White House aides who say Felt betrayed them and the law.

The Guardian of London writes that Vanity Fair "outscooped" the Post with "a two-year negotiation process involving 15 editors, a San Francisco lawyer, and a dummy issue of the glossy magazine."

-- Jefferson Morley

By washingtonpost.com |  June 1, 2005; 1:30 PM ET  | Category:  W. Mark Felt , Washington Post
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Posted by: R | June 1, 2005 01:56 PM

can deep throat help us send bolton to the vatican? david inkkey, unpoet@aol.com

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Benedict XVI urges Bush to name Bolton as US Ambassador to the Holy See!

God labored for 6 days to create Creation. The Vatican has struggled for almost 2 millennia to redeem humanity from what it contends is original sin... Bush is a George-come-lately with a Johnny-in-tow...¿undertow?... in his 5th year as prex, to establish "democracy" and to win the war on terror. Each of these 3, God, the Vatican (read in Benedict XVI), and W, claim great power. For purposes of modernism, we may remember another trio, Dumas' musketeers and assess whether we consider a contemporary triple alliance has any coherence with the earlier one, Click Here: Check out "Other Items from the History of Dumas' Musketeers", or whether Lord Action, a devout 19th Century Roman Catholic, was "on target" asserting that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely... God help us......

On Friday the 13th of May in the year of Our Lord 2005, in a political conclave matching in astuteness the political correctness language of Bush I, (we have learned) Benny, W and Johnny voted overwhelmingly four to zero that Johnny should be the next US Ambassador to the Vatican. We think God abstained, we suspect W voted twice... In April Ratzi was too preoccupied with counting votes for his leap to papal power and W was too busy covering with Protestant piety JP II's pro-life affirmations, in order to conceal John Paul II's condemnation of W's war in Iraq, that Johnny was simply misjudged in ambassadorial skills, so W innocently? enuf? suggested that JB could move to the Waldorf Towers and pontificate at the UN... Condi, doing her housecleaning at State, thought getting JB out of town, virtually at any political cost, was justifiable, even while justices were put on hold??? Next time, Rice asserts that she will play with loaded dice...

Auspicious dating and confusion in the "foreign affairs" of the US Senate, alerted W, Condi and John himself that JB's assertive skills might much more favorably be employed in the Holy See where the sexual issues bothering W's administration, same sex marriage, civil unions, birth control, abstinence, AIDS and condoms, homosexuality and sex abuse, and the worst of the "papal sins," inequity, affect the FAITH and practice(s) of more than one-sixth of humanity...

The headlines should read: Benedict XVI urges Bush to name Bolton as US Ambassador to the Holy See! (orange alert!) Bush honors Benedict XVI's request to send Bolton to the Vatican as United States Ambassador, to assist in Vatican Reforms... Not since Martin Luther threw an inkwell at the Devil has the Vatican focused so enthusiastically upon the need to reform...

Click Here: Check out "Other Items from the History of Dumas' Musketeers"

The Musketeers

There is some question as to whether the Musketeers even existed, at least in the form described by Dumas. John Noone, in The Man Behind the Iron Mask, while not addressing this, does mention the Musketeers often in passing. The jailer who kept the prisoner, Monsieur de Saint-Mars, was originally a Musketeer, and was among those who, with d'Artagnan, arrested Fouquet. The Musketeers as described by Noone fit the Musketeers as described by Dumas:

The name Saint-Mars was the sword-name of Benigne d'Auvergne... In 1650, when he was twenty-four, he was given a place in the First Company of the King's Musketeers and, though he was thirty-four before he was promoted corporal and thirty-eight before he was made sergeant, he could flatter himself that to achieve rank at all in the Musketeers, where every man was a gentleman, was a mark of some distinction for a man with neither birth nor money behind him. It was as a sergeant that, in December 1664, he was appointed governor of the State Prison of Pignerol and he was recommended for that post by the commander of his company, d'Artagnan, who recognized in him all the qualities necessary for a gaoler. (Noone, 257-258)

Posted by: unpoet@aol.com | June 1, 2005 02:11 PM

That London Guardian article is very, very similar to Paul Farhi's piece.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/31/AR2005053101588.html

Posted by: Andrew | June 1, 2005 03:38 PM

Here in Taiwan (danbloom@gmail.com), the news if front page headlines with photos of Felt and Woodstein in all the four major Chinese-language newspapers. On TV news segments, too, loop played over and over again.

But the term "deep throat" is hard to translate into mandarin, and most people here remain ignorant of the English term from the porn movie of that title. By the way, while we call porn movies "blue movies" here in Taiwan they are called "yellow movies." In Japan they are called "pink movies."

Yesterday, I tried explaining the meaning of the new Deep Throat to a class of graduate students at the local college where I teach, and it took a long time to explain in all in plain Englishy.

But once they understood, they understood. Sex is the same all over the world...

Posted by: dan bloom | June 3, 2005 12:28 AM

More news from Taiwan, to show how far the Deep Throat legend and concept travels. In today's TAIWAN POST, a daily English newspaper, there is an article headlined "Does Taipei have a Deep Throat of its own?"

It goes on to say: "In an editorial yesterday, the Chinese language Taiwan Times newspaper in Taipei predicted that some "Deep Throats" would step forward in Taiwan to tell the true story about the election eve assasination attempt on President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu last year."

This editorial appeared in Chinese, so obviously they HAVE translated the deep throat term to Mandarin. I wonder if it has the same connatations as the porn title Deep Throat? Maybe they just mean a very deep throat, literally?

www.chinatimes.com.tw
www.libertytimes.com
www.udngroup.com

Posted by: dan bloom | June 3, 2005 08:19 AM

Here is what it looks like in Chinese:

天我收到華盛頓郵報電子報頭版:FBI's No. 2 Was 'Deep Throat' ,揭開了33年來的美國新聞界最大秘辛~水門案Watergate的秘密證人-深喉嚨Deep Throat~原是當年美國聯邦調查局FBI的副局長W. Mark Felt ;

其實我對美國歷史也沒什麼研究,知道水門案一事,還是看"阿甘正傳",後來問Jan才知道水門案的由來,那是美國政治事也我沒興趣多知道,可是卻對那位Mr.Deep Throat很感興趣,想想取一個暱號"深喉嚨",我一直把這個"深喉嚨"和情色片裡的"深喉嚨"聯想在一起(sorry~~我真是個好色女^^b)....現在謎也解答,這位90歲人瑞W. Mark Felt 深喉嚨,時在也跟"情色"聯想不起來@@

PS.水門案華盛頓郵報記者伍得華德(Bob Woodward)和伯恩斯坦(Carl Bernstein)2名華盛頓郵報記者根據內線「深喉嚨」的獨家消息,揭穿尼克森政府派員在水門旅館安裝竊聽器蒐集民主黨的選務情報),美國會立法 禁止CIA在國內從事情報活動的,這起事件美國總統尼克森在競選時的醜聞 ,讓尼克森因而引咎辭職~又稱水門案醜聞The Watergate Scandal。

Posted by: danbloom@gmail.com | June 3, 2005 08:40 AM

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/editorial/detail.asp?ID=63402&GRP=i

This editorial, unsigned, from the China Post in Taiwan, an English daily, shows how far the Deep Throat legend has gone, globally.



Sunday, June 05, 2005


Deep Throat wanted


2005/6/5


Is Deep Throat a traitor or patriot?
Now we all know that the true identity of Deep Throat, the anonymous Washington source whose information about Watergate helped topple the Nixon presidency, is W. Mark Felt, the former number two man at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This week, the ailing, 91-year-old Felt stepped out of the shadows to tell the world that he was Deep Throat, thus solving one of the modern history's most enduring political mysteries.

He was the one who told two young Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, of the abuse of power and wrongdoing of the Nixon White House during the 1972 election campaign against the Democratic Party.

The stories written by the two Post reporters, based on the anonymous source, about the burglary of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington, wire-tapping and other unlawful acts by the Nixon administration shocked the country and led to the first resignation of a U.S. president in history.

Over more than 30 years, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had kept their promise to protect their source until this week, when Deep Throat revealed his true identity to Vanity Fair magazine, catching Woodward and Bernstein by surprise and the Washington Post off guard. This time, however, the Post did not get the scoop.

Why Mr. Felt chose to unmask himself after so many years? He must know that his move would inevitably draw negative criticisms. Already, there are detractors who call him a "traitor" for betraying government secrets he was supposed to protect, and for betraying his boss who did not give him the promotion he thought he deserved.

But he has also been praised for his courage to blow the whistle on abusers of power. There are people who regard him as a "hero" who risked his job to expose the wrongdoing of the government. To call him a hero may be too much for a ranking government official who had violated vocational ethics and possibly the law, but he may qualify as a patriot of a sort.

Deep Throat was a whistle blower, and whistle blowers are needed in countries where power is abused and justice is obstructed.

Taiwan needs such a Deep Throat to help unravel the mysterious "3-19 shooting" on the eve of the 2004 election. Two bullets fired from a still-at-large assassin's gun turned the tables overnight and helped President Chen Shui-bian, who was trailing in the polls, win re-election with a paper-thin margin.

Taiwan has since been divided. The division has been so deep that nearly 50 per cent of Taiwan's voters still refuse to recognize Chen Shui-bian's election as legitimate. Investigations into the election-eve assassination bid have gone nowhere. On Thursday, the opposition Kuomintang offered an NT$50 million (US$1.6 million) cash reward to lure Taiwan's "Deep Throat" to come forward. While it is unclear whether the hefty award will work, one thing is certain: Deep Throat is in demand here because there are many mysterious political murders still remain a mystery.

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Posted by: danbloom@gmail.com | June 5, 2005 12:23 AM

Small note: you mention the Independent Online (http://www.iol.co.za), but the link is to News24 (http://www.news24.com). Since these are two of the major players in news media in the country, and lifelong competitors, they would probably both be offended by the mistake.

Posted by: Megan Knight | June 6, 2005 10:36 AM

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