The White House Theory
By Lisa Todorovich
Friday, June 13, 1997

Woodward's secret source had access to such extensive inside information about the Nixon administration that many concluded Deep Throat must have been one of the president's men. Names including White House counsel John W. Dean III and adviser Leonard Garment have been vetted as possibilities over the years. However, speculation that Deep Throat was a White House source has focused primarily on two men who left the administration without being heavily tarnished by the scandal.

Alexander Haig
Former Nixon chief of staff Alexander Haig is one of the most frequently mentioned suspects in the Deep Throat guessing game. An aide to Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War, Haig served as an aide to Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance during the Kennedy administration and as a member of the Pentagon staff during the Vietnam War. He joined the Nixon administration as a military aide to Henry Kissinger, then Nixon's national security adviser.

Haig took over as White House chief of staff after H.R. Haldeman resigned in April 1973. In his 1992 memoir, "Inner Circles: How America Changed the World," Haig vehemently denies the speculation that he is Woodward's deep background source. The notion of Haig as Deep Throat was made popular in a 1991 account of the Watergate scandal entitled "Silent Coup: The Removal of a President." The book's authors, Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin, contended that, while Bob Woodward was a communications officer in the Navy in 1969 and 1970, he had the opportunity to brief then-Brigadier General Haig, a member of the National Security Council.

Haig served as secretary of state during President Reagan's first term, and managed to avoid much of the fallout from the Iran-Contra scandal. In 1988, he mounted an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger is an oft-cited Deep Throat suspect, if for little reason other than his proximity to the president and his fondness for media appearances. As Nixon's national security adviser during his first term and secretary of state in his second, Kissinger rose to prominence for his role in shaping American foreign policy. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.

Even after his tenure at the White House, Kissinger has remained intimately involved in foreign affairs, advising presidents and presidential candidates. He has also served as a free-lance international policy adviser, working with a mediation team in South Africa in 1994 to solve conflicts arising from the country's first post-apartheid elections and testifying before Congress on foreign policy matters. Kissinger writes a regular column for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and his consulting firm, Kissinger Associates, has extensive business in China, allowing him to capitalize on the connections he established as a diplomat.

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