Prosecution of Felt Called Unlikely

Associated Press
Saturday, June 4, 2005

NEW YORK, June 3 -- W. Mark Felt, the former FBI official who was "Deep Throat" during the Watergate scandal, probably will not be prosecuted for leaking information to reporters three decades ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said Friday.

The Justice Department "has a lot of other priorities," Gonzales said.

Asked whether he considered Felt to be a hero or a villain, Gonzales said he will leave that to history. His boss, President Bush, has also refrained from expressing an opinion on Felt.

Felt leaked tips about criminal wrongdoing at the White House to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate investigation.

As attorney general, Gonzales is overseeing an investigation into who gave the name of an undercover CIA officer to journalists.

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