'Deep Throat' garage from U.S. Watergate scandal to be razed

WASHINGTON Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:52pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the most historic U.S. journalism sites will vanish after a Virginia county board voted to demolish the building and parking garage central to the Watergate political scandal of the 1970s.

The Arlington County Board agreed on Saturday to raze the Rosslyn garage where FBI official Mark Felt secretly met with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate scandal. The investigation led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.

Felt was known for decades as Woodward's source "Deep Throat."

The board voted to let Monday Properties replace its two 12-story, 1960s-era buildings with a residential tower and a commercial building.

The county will save the historical marker it erected in 2011 at the garage. The landowner has pledged to create a commemorative memorial to the Watergate events.

Tuesday will mark the 42nd anniversary of the June 17, 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex, which sparked the whole scandal.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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REnninga wrote:
Ah yes, Watergate. Those were the good old days when a “Presidential Scandal” was actually the result of serious violations of the law and cover-ups. Not like today when “the Presidential Scandal du jour” is fabricated by Fox News and talk radio whack-a-doodles, and then parroted ad nauseam in the political echo chamber (the premise of course being that “if we repeat the lie often enough, people will begin to believe it”) E.g.:


OK, you parrots. Your turn, goofballs.

Jun 15, 2014 12:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Yashmak wrote:
REnninga’s comment is rather ironic, considering the use of the IRS as a political tool was one of the articles of impeachment used against Nixon.

Jun 16, 2014 3:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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