Wednesday, June 01, 2005

A thoughtful look back

Lots of news coverage today about the revelation of the identity of Deep Throat, the exposer of the Watergate crimes, as onetime FBI second-in-command Mark Felt. spy vs. spy Exciting and anticlimactic all at once to put a face to the pseudonym. Eliot at Follow Me Here has a nice reflection on what was and wasn't heroic in his revelations, and about how matters of secrecy, surveillance, and anonymous sources are handled today.

Update: in case anybody missed it, here's Bob Woodward's reflection on the Deep Throat era, which he intended to publish after Felt's death.

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