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Summarized by Kent Larsen

New Book Says Bennett is Not Deep Throat

WASHINGTON, DC -- A new book by a former Nixon aid claims to have discovered the identity of the elusive "Deep Throat," the still-unnamed source used by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to expose the Watergate conspiracy and end the Nixon presidency. Leonard Garment's new book "In Search of Deep Throat" reviews the speculation about more than 20 individuals who may have had enough access to be Deep Throat.

One of the candidates explored in the book is current Senator and LDS Church member Robert Bennett, R-Utah, who was head of the public relations firm Robert R. Mullen and Co. at the time of the Watergate break-in. The firm was a CIA front organization that Bennett needed to protect. Bennett also knew reporter Bob Woodward, and "may have had an ethical distaste for White House misdeeds," according to Garment.

But Garment eventually rejects Bennett as a possible Deep Throat mainly because he is Mormon. Woodward and Bernstein portrayed Deep Throat in "All the President's Men" as a chain smoker and Scotch drinker, essentially eliminating Bennett.

Garment goes on in his book to conclude that Deep Throat is former Nixon strategist and Ronald Reagan campaign chief John Sears. But Sears is vehemently denying the speculation, offering to take a lie-detector test to show that the speculation is not accurate. But Garment is sticking to his claim.

In spite of Garment's analysis, critics are already saying that he is wrong. Former Nixon chief of staff Alexander Haig says he thinks Sears couldn't be Deep Throat because he wasn't in the White House for two years before the break-ins.

The book may also not even relieve Bennett of further speculation. As portrayed in "All the President's Men," Deep Throat's smoking and drinking are not central to the role he played, so it is possible that Woodward and Bernstein added those details to help conceal Deep Throat's identity.


Who Was Deep Throat? Ex-Nixon Aide Tells All
Fox News 24Jul00 N2
By Sharon Kehnemui: Fox News

Who Wasn't Deep Throat?
Fox News 24Jul00 N2


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See also:

In Search of Deep Throat More about "In Search of Deep Throat : The Greatest Political Mystery of Our Time" at

All the President's Men More about "All the President's Men" at

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