Arlington memorializes Deep Throat spot in Rosslyn


The new historical marker commemorating the spot in Rosslyn where Bob Woodward met with Deep Throat. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

“Deep Throat” was top FBI official Mark Felt, who lived in the Fairfax area just off Prosperity Avenue, and apparently chose the garage at 1401 Wilson Blvd. for clandestine meeetings with the young Metro reporter. Scott Brodbeck of Arlnow.com broke the story last week (who else?).

Here’s the text of the marker:

“Mark Felt, second in command at the FBI, met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward here in this parking garage to discuss the Watergate scandal. Felt provided Woodward information that exposed the Nixon administration’s obstruction of the FBI’s Watergate investigation. He chose the garage as an anonymous secure location. They met at this garage six times between October 1972 and November 1973. The Watergate scandal resulted in President Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Woodward’s managing editor, Howard Simons, gave Felt the code name “Deep Throat.” Woodward’s promise not to reveal his source was kept until Felt announced his role as Deep Throat in 2005.”

American University professor and author W. Joseph Campbell says the marker gives Felt too much credit, because his information didn’t really expose the Nixon administration’s obstruction.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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