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Fred Fielding


John Simkin
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In his book, The Ends of Power (1978) H. R. Haldeman argues that Fred Fielding was Deep Throat, the main source of information used by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their articles on Watergate. Haldeman also claims that this was also the view of Richard Nixon. This view is supported by William Gaines, head of the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois. As he points out "my students over 12 semesters poured over FBI reports, congressional testimony, White House documents in the National Archives and autobiographies of Watergate figures". Eventually, like Haldeman, they became convinced that Fielding was Deep Throat.

However, this theory was rejected by John Dean in his book Lost Honor (1982). Dean believes Deep Throat was Alexander Haig. Whereas Mark Riebling (The Wedge: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11) claims it is Cord Meyer and Deborah Davis makes a convincing argument that it was Richard Ober (Katharine the Great).

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