Magazine article The Quill

Reporters Keep Silent on 'Deep Throat'

Magazine article The Quill

Reporters Keep Silent on 'Deep Throat'

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The 30th anniversary of Watergate in June resurrected the interest in the identity of "Deep Throat," but the two journalists who dealt with the confidential source renewed their three-decade vow of silence, Reuters reported.

Asked about a three-year project by a group of University of Illinois journalism students who had eliminated all but seven Nixon White House aides as possibilities (the students unanimously guessed that Deep Throat was commentator Pat Buchanan), Washington Post writer Bob Woodward said: "You're going to get a kind of deep silence from us on this subject. It's about keeping our word for 30 years"

Woodward said their source's identity would be revealed after his death or when the source releases him and former colleague Carl Bernstein from their confidentiality pledge. The two journalists appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on June 16.

As young reporters, Woodward and Bernstein uncovered the breadth of the Watergate crimes and cover-up that led to President Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation. …

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