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Woodward's Notes from 'Deep Throat' Interviews Emerge

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Woodward's Notes from 'Deep Throat' Interviews Emerge

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If you have ever been fascinated with Watergate -- or merely enjoyed the movie "All the President's Men" -- you've probably tried to imagine what Bob Woodward's notes from his parking ramp meetings with "Deep Throat" in the famous parking garage looked like. Now you have the chance.

Papers belonging to Washington Post reporters Woodward and Carl Bernstein concerning Mark Felt, the source known as Deep Throat, went on public display Friday at the University of Texas at Austin. Some can be viewed online. The first set of notes includes a direct quote from Felt: "this could ruin the admin, I mean ruin."

Later Felt cites FBI director L. Patrick Gray: "The White House wants to eat the Wash. Post., according to gray's report of meeting." The university acquired the Watergate papers of Woodward and Bernstein for $5 million in 2003, and most of the documents were made available at the Ransom Center two years later. Papers on Deep Throat, however, were held back because his identity was a well-guarded secret.

E&P has perused some of the material and can report on three copies of Woodward's notes from 1972 and 1973, which include introductory explanations from the library. They show that Woodward typed them back at his home or office after the meetings, with the occasional typo and strike-through.

The first comes from October 9, 1972. The intro explains: "Woodward's notes from an early morning parking garage meeting with Felt were used for the October 10, 1974 Washington Post story that exposed the Watergate burglary as part of a larger program."

These notes, which are headed by Woodward "interview with x," include the following, with the material in quotes presumably word for word from Deep Throat:

"there is a way to untie the watergate knot" ---can't give you any new names and "I won't" but everything points in direction of what called "offensive security."...

"these are not brilliant guys" and much of Rep. intelligence-gathering activities was routine stuff ---check out everyone working for candidates ---some of that reports directly to Stans or someone in "treat" shop ---very concerned w. fund raising....

Some of this was "offensive" believe to check people out and sort of "semi-black mail" to get money...

Keeps saying to check every lead "could write stories to next xmas" or well beyond that...

"this could ruin the admin, I mean ruin."

(rat fucking means double cross---so be careful)

The next document comes from January 24, 1973. The library's intro states, "At an early morning parking garage meeting Felt told Woodward that Attorney General John Mitchell and Special Counsel to the President Charles Colson were behind the Watergate break-ins. …

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