BROKAW INTERVIEWS BOB WOODWARD IN HIS REPORT "THE SECRET MAN" -- WED. JULY 6
BOB WOODWARD REVEALS TO TOM BROKAW THAT THE MOST FAMOUS, ANONYMOUS SOURCE IN HISTORY WAS LIKE AN "EXTRA FATHER" TO HIM, AND THAT WHEN HIS BOOK "ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN" CAME OUT THEIR FRIENDSHIP WAS PUT ON HOLD FOR A LONG TIME
"Tom Brokaw Reports: The Secret Man" Airs on Wednesday, July 6 at 10PM
On May 31, 2005, the most famous, anonymous source in history -"Deep Throat"- finally revealed himself as Mark Felt, the number two man at the F.B.I. during the Watergate era. Now, 33 years after the Watergate break-in, Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, who protected his source for all these years, speaks exclusively to Tom Brokaw about his new book, "The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat." In the candid interview, Woodward tells for the first time how he cultivated his relationship with Felt and reveals the location of the garage where their secret meetings took place. Woodward also discloses that a former federal prosecutor also knew the identity of "Deep Throat," and like Woodward, held the secret for nearly 30 years.
"Tom Brokaw Reports: The Secret Man" which airs on July 6 (10:00 PM/ET) on NBC, includes interviews with former executive editor Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post, Carl Bernstein, who wrote a reporter's assessment for the book, and legendary actor Robert Redford, who played Woodward in "All The President's Men." Below are excerpts from the interview:
RE: Their relationship in the beginning:
Brokaw: You write in your book, "The hook was set." That sounds like you were using him.
Woodward: Yeah...initially it was this role kind of-- as career counselor. I mean I called him my friend. But he was 25, 30 years older...he was kind of like an extra father.
RE: Felt's reaction to Woodward when his book, "All The President's Men" came out:
Woodward: I was listening to the local radio station here...they devoted ten or fifteen minutes to reading excerpts about the meetings with 'Deep Throat.' And soon thereafter I called Mark Felt at home. And the worst thing happened. He hung up...It was just like a stab.
RE: Why Felt resented the Nixon administration:
Brokaw: ...let's talk about that for a moment about how it was shaping the man we came to know as deep throat. He complained they were using him just like an errand boy. He'd get calls at home.
Woodward: That's right. From low-level people asking for immediate information or action on something...and he truly resented it.
RE: Woodward's thoughts on Felt's real intention in leaking the information:
Woodward: I think he saw Nixon for what he was. And somebody who is abusing the power. I think he wanted the facts out. He knew the power of information and facts. I think he had contempt for Patrick Gray. And as an old Nazi Spy hunter in his early FBI days, I think he liked the game, the chase. The sense of taking immense risk. But believing that he had insulated himself so he couldn't be exposed.
RE: Why Woodward thinks Felt was unhappy with his book and movie, "All The President's Men," which ultimately caused their friendship to be put on hold for a long time:
Woodward: What Mark Felt's distress was, I think was personal. His personal exposure. The idea of you-- you know here, #2 in the FBI, exalted position. But he all of a sudden in this book which was getting a great amount of attention is known as 'Deep Throat.' One of the most celebrated pornographic movies of the era...I wouldn't wanna be known as 'Deep Throat' frankly in that sense. And then there is the exposure of the immense ambivalence he felt about helping, not helping...you know it's again this ultimately tormented man.
RE: Woodward on Felt:
Brokaw: His son says he was a hero. Do you think he was a hero?
Woodward: You know, I don't know what heroes are. I wouldn't put label "Hero," "No Hero." I would say he's a man of immense courage and should...there comes a moment when all of us get tested. Should we display equivalent amount of courage, then we should feel pretty good about ourselves.
"Tom Brokaw Reports: The Secret Man" is produced by Joe Delmonico, Dan Bregman and Lee Kamlet. Marc Rosenwasser is the executive producer and David Corvo is the senior executive producer.