Monday, June 06, 2005

Felt Didn't Feel Like a Hero

Ruth Marcus painted a very human portrait of Mark Felt, aka Deep Throat, in her New York Times column yesterday. It's worth a few minutes. There's also an interesting photo of a gun-totin' younger Mark Felt. From the column:

To comprehend how thoroughly Felt believed that it wouldn't fit for him to be both Mark Felt and Deep Throat, consider how insistently he kept his secret hidden from his own family. The more you read of Vanity Fair's account of the outing, the sorrier you feel for a failing old man prodded and even tricked by his relatives into telling all -- to get "closure," as his daughter put it, perhaps finally to profit from what the family, if not Felt, viewed as his heroism.

It's hard to pay much attention to Nixon loyalists like Pat Buchanan and Charles Colson, at least when they're attacking Felt. But it isn't unreasonable to have conflicted views about Felt and what he did. As he proved by keeping the secret for 30 years after Watergate, while he still had all his faculties, he knew he wasn't a hero.


Blogger Amal said...

Hero my ass. The only reason the secret came out now is that they and I quote "might make some money off of it". His daughter has been quoted several times stating that.

11:43 PM, June 09, 2005  

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