"in 1974, two reporters for the washington post (@washingtonpost
) published 'all the president's men,' a book that chronicles the duo's investigative reporting behind the major stories about the watergate scandal. the authors, carl bernstein and bob woodward (@realbobwoodward
), were influenced by charles robert redford jr. to change the book's narrative and focus on the investigations that led to the stories. robert redford had already expressed interest in purchasing the film rights, which was released two years later and saw him play the part of woodward, while dustin hoffman was cast for the role of bernstein.
but the world was introduced to another important character, a key source secret informant dubbed deep throat, shrouded in cloak and dagger methods. for instance, woodward claimed that he would move a flowerpot with a red flag on the balcony of his apartment, to signal his desire for a meeting. and deep throat would reciprocate with distinctive markings on a predetermined page of a newspaper addressed to woodward.
for more than 30 years, deep throat's identity was one of the biggest mysteries and the source of much public curiosity and speculation. carl bernstein and bob woodward, for more than three decades, kept deep throat's identity a secret and even misled several attempts to unmask their informant. some books tried to unravel the enigma, with several suspected candidates, many fictional portrayals, and uncountable conspiracy theories. and throughout all those years, carl bernstein's ex-wife shared the secret with anyone who asked her." - comrade (the human)
"for many years, i have lived with the secret of deep throat's identity. it has been hell, and i have dealt with the situation by telling pretty much anyone who asked me, including total strangers, who deep throat was. not for nothing is indiscretion my middle name." - nora ephron
"alrighty, buddies! as your secret informant, 🕵️♂️ this is as close, without breaking into private property, as we can get to the boathouse from sleepless in seattle. it's the one at the end. 👀" - sinatra
📢: in collaboration with @visitseattle