09 Aug 2004 The One Secret Washington DC Has Been Able to Keep (Or Not)
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation.
Thirty years of official mystery: Who is “Deep Throat”?
In thirty years, “Deep Throat” never wanted to write a book, be known for his (presumably most famous) achievement, get a little attention or simply settle the issue once and for all.
Yet, according to Bob Woodward, “Deep Throat” is perfectly OK with the notion of Woodward revealing his name after he’s dead. So, he obviously doesn’t mind if his family and friends know.
So, why so shy? It’s not like Nixon’s going to try to get revenge — or that anyone else will even care enough to try, after thirty years.
Edward Jay Epstein’s take on the matter is worth serious thought.
Keep in mind one other thing: Have any other major public secrets not involving national security been kept in Washington for thirty years?