Unmasking Deep Throat

Coming June 17: John Dean and Salon team up for an innovative e-book project.

Published May 2, 2002 6:34PM (EDT)

Watergate brought down a presidency and forever changed our political institutions and their tense relationship with the press. But long after Richard Nixon's departure from the stage and Bob Woodward's graduation from cub reporter to dean of the Washington press, one tantalizing mystery has continued to hang over the Watergate story: Who was Deep Throat?

Woodward and his Washington Post partner Carl Bernstein used that nickname for the anonymous, highly placed source who helped them unravel the Watergate story. His identity has long remained the best-kept secret in the leak-happy town of Washington.

Now, on the 30th anniversary of the June 17, 1972, Watergate break-in, John Dean and Salon.com will unmask the real Deep Throat.

Dean, the former White House counsel to Richard Nixon whose testimony during the Watergate hearings broke through the administration's stonewalling and led to its downfall, will name Deep Throat -- and outline the research and recollections that support his conclusion -- in an exclusive e-book that Salon will offer for sale on our Web site beginning June 17.

As you may know, Dean has been a frequent contributor of political commentary and book reviews to Salon, and we're proud of the association and excited at the chance to offer his work to you, our readers.

Whether you remember Deep Throat from Woodward's and Bernstein's writing or from watching the garage scenes in "All the President's Men," we hope you'll find Dean's research and insights as fascinating as we do.

If you'd like to receive e-mail information from Salon.com about this project, just drop us a note at deepthroat@salon.com and we'll keep you posted.

David Talbot
Editor in chief

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