Watergate Papers: Who Leaked What When?
With the Valerie Plame case behind us, we have a chance to revisit the names leaked by the granddaddy of all tipsters: Mark Felt, a.k.a. "Deep Throat." And yes: Robert Novak is there, too.
The original notes from Bob Woodward's famous meetings with Felt have just been released by the University of Texas, which paid Woodward and Carl Bernstein $5 million for the Watergate papers in 2003 -- with a provision that confidential sources would be protected until they die or go public. Felt revealed his identity in 2005, and the online exhibition now includes eight pages of typed notes from Woodward's conversations with him -- identified as "X" or "my friend" -- and two handwritten pages of an on-the-record interview he gave for another story.
Deep Throat calls G. Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt "the lowest," and Jeb Magruder an "SOB." Our favorite? Dish from the Oct. 9, 1972, garage meeting, where Woodward met his old friend at 1:30 a.m. and spent more than four hours talking. Felt says that Martha Mitchell didn't know anything "but that doesn't mean she won't talk" and that Nixon's men leaked information to the New York Times, Washington Post, Jack Anderson and . . . Novak, who at the time wrote a political column with Rowland Evans. That means the Prince of Darkness has been getting leaks from the White House for 35 years -- gotta be some kind of record.
Felt never allowed Woodward to take notes while they talked, so the Washington Post reporter typed highlights of the meetings from memory. "I was young," Woodward told us yesterday. "Some things you remember." (The only 1:30 a.m. notes we have are scribbled on soggy cocktail napkins -- and we're still trying to decipher them.) And there'll be more revelations in the future: The collection includes some interesting names and files of sources who are still living. Says Woodward: "There are going to be surprises."
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
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Details: For a decade, the two men who built the four-star Inn at Little Washington restaurant and B&B made their home 17 miles away, in an 1890s farmhouse at the base of Old Rag Mountain in Nethers, Va. Later they started renting out "The Presidential Retreat" (two bedrooms, 2,200 square feet of house, on 70 secluded acres next to national parkland) to paying customers. Among the VIP visitors: Mike Nichols, who celebrated his 70th there with Diane Sawyer and his kids. Last year the owners split, chef O'Connell paying millions to buy out Lynch. They put the Nethers place on the market -- sorry, it's already under contract! -- but if you made reservations at the Retreat ($1,200-$3,000 a night), don't worry: Inn officials say the sale won't go through until the summer.