Monday, June 06, 2005

Four Throats -- No Waiting 

Courtesy of our venerated colleague Susie Madrak: John Dean called it. Deep Throat was a many-headed beast:
Paul V. Daly, 64, who joined the bureau in 1965 and went on to head field offices in Albany and North Carolina, told the Times Union last week that he learned in 1978 that Felt was Deep Throat and that he had not acted alone: At least three other FBI officials helped Felt secretly disclose information about the Watergate investigation to The Washington Post.

The FBI officials met regularly in their Washington, D.C., offices to discuss what information they would reveal to fuel media interest. Their motive, according to Daly, was to counteract the Nixon White House's efforts to quash the FBI investigation of the Watergate burglary and related wrongdoing linked to the Oval Office.

"They wanted to protect the integrity of the FBI," Daly said.

Daly, a Boston native, identified the others -- all deceased -- as Richard Long, who was chief of the FBI's white-collar crimes section during Watergate; Robert G. Kunkel, agent-in-charge of the Washington field office, which led the Watergate burglary investigation; and Charles Bates, who was assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division . . . .

"I have been saying since Day 1 when I learned that it was Felt's identity that he could not have acted alone," Dean said in a telephone interview from his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. "He could not have done it alone, and the names you bring, Kunkel and Bates, were highly suspect always. Pat Gray had a huge problem with them."

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