Mark Felt died yesterday, at the venerable age of 95.
Felt is the ultimate anonymous source. In 1972, this senior official at the FBI gave the Washington Post critical information about criminal acts committed by the Nixon administration. The Watergate scandal would ultimately bring down the Nixon presidency.
Two Washington Post reporters (and probably at least one editor) knew who “Deep Throat” was, but despite a huge amount of public interest his identity was kept secret. What is remarkable about Felt is that he himself waited 33 years to reveal that he was the one leaking the information. In a celebrity-obsessed society, he chose to value justice and honour instead.
A good, long life.