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Robert Redford Always Thought FBI Agent Was Deep Throat Mole

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Jun 21, 2005 | 8:49am EDT

All The President's Men star Robert Redford wasn't surprised when the identity of the mysterious 'Deep Throat' character who sparked the Watergate scandal was recently revealed to be an FBI agent.

Redford starred alongside Dustin Hoffman in the 1976 film as The Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the real-life reporters who brought about the events that led to U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.

Although Redford asked Woodward about the identity of Deep Throat on numerous occasions during the making of the movie, the journalist never revealed his identity.

And when former deputy FBI chief Mark Felt unmasked himself three weeks ago, Redford realized his suspicion the mole must have been a federal agent was correct.

He says, "Some part of me did not want it to come out, because it was this great piece of melodrama in the middle of this movie."

Redford is surprised the current American government isn't being held to task by investigative reporters. He adds, "(But I'm) waiting to see if anybody is going to connect where we were then and where we are now.

"You can go right down the line (in the administration of President George W. Bush), there's about 15 issues as strong or as big as the Watergate break-in was that have come and died out.

"There are guys out there digging and digging. There are stories appearing every single day. But is it getting any traction with the public?"

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