Skip to main content
The Web      Powered by
powered by Yahoo!

'Deep Throat' -- a family statement

Family hopes country will view Mark Felt as American hero

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Bob Woodward

SANTA ROSA, California (CNN) -- Nick Jones, the grandson of W. Mark Felt, delivered a statement Tuesday on Felt's admission to being "Deep Throat" in the Watergate investigation which brought down the Nixon Administration 31 years ago:

"The family believes my grandfather, Mark Felt Sr., is a great American hero who went well and above the call of duty at much risk to himself to save his country from a horrible injustice. We all sincerely hope the country will see him this way as well.

"My grandfather is pleased that he is being honored for his role as Deep Throat with his friend Bob Woodward. He is also pleased by the attention this has drawn to his career in his 32 years of service to his country. But he believes in his heart that the men and women of the FBI who have put their -- who have put their lives at risk for more than 50 years to keep this country safe deserve recognition more than he.

"Mark had expressed reservations in the past about revealing his identity and about whether his actions were appropriate for an FBI man. But as he recently told my mother, 'I guess people used to think Deep Throat was a criminal. But now they think he's a hero.'

"Our family believes older people are our national treasure and should be honored and respected in the declining years of their lives. My grandfather is one of those special people. And on behalf of the Felt family, we hope you see him worthy of honor and respect as we do.

"The Felt family does ask, however, that in view of his age and health, you respect his zone of privacy as he enjoys his moment with us.

Thank you."

Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Father guilty of killing 9 of his children
Top Stories
CNN/Money: Security alert issued for 40 million credit cards


International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise With Us About Us
   The Web     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser. does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.
Add RSS headlines.