William Mark Felt was an associate director of the FBI who became a secret informant and broke the Watergate story to reporters. On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into Democratic National Committee headquarters. The incident became a national scandal, nicknamed "Watergate" after the name of the office complex in which events took place. A second in command, Wiliam was asked to search into the break-in in order to determine the volume, if any, of the White House involvment. On June 19, 1972, Wasington Post jpurnalists recieved information from a high-level government offcial who was given the name "Deep Throat." During the phone call, Deep Throat told the journalists that former CIA agent and Nixion staff member Howard Hunt were definitely involved in the Watergate crime.
The hot tip gave journalists enough leverage to call for a extensive investigation of the White House's activities, which significantly sped up what would have been a slow and lengthy trial. The televised trials in 1973 revealed a string of criminal acts involving campaign scam, political spying, breaking and entering, and illegal survelliance that all led back to President Nixion and his staff. The evidence eventually led to President Nixion's withdraw from office on August 9, 1974. Yet even after the trial, the identity of the man "Deep Throat,"remained a mystery. Mark retired fromthe FBI on June 22, 1973. But after he suffered a stroke and encountred a serious illness, his daughter persuaded him to go to public. On May 31, 2005, he broke his silence in an issue of the Vainty Fair. The articel revealed MArk as "Deep Throat", and Woodward and Bernstein comfirmed that to be true.