Watergate Investigation Historical Marker (The Deep Throat Garage)
Parking space D32
This parking garage, scheduled to be demolished in 2017, was the location of six secret meetings between Deputy FBI Director Mark Felt and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.
This historical marker was dedicated in 2011, six years after Felt revealed his identity and the location of his secret meetings with the Washington Post.
Backstory and Context
Nixon's once-secret tapes revealed that the President had attempted to thwart the government's investigation of a break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters in the Watergate Building. When Nixon's efforts to prevent these recordings from being reviewed were thwarted by the US Supreme Court in the summer of 1974, Nixon announced his resignation.
Other secret tapes from recorded conversations revealed that Nixon had worked to thwart former President Lyndon B. Johnson's efforts to negotiate an end to the Vietnam conflict in 1968. Believing that military escalation could destroy North Vietnam's networks in Laos and Cambodia, Nixon thwarted potential peace talks by sending secret messages to South Vietnam leaders that led to their decision to walk away from the Paris Peace talks.
Perry, James M. Watergate Case Study, Columbia University Accessed June 08, 2017. http://www.columnbia.edu/itc/journalism/j6075/edit/readings/watergate.html
Photos of the garage and historical marker are from Pat's East Coast Travel Blog. "Watergate and the "Deep Throat" Garage in Rosslyn," May 26, 2012, Pat's East Coast Travel Blog, accessed 6/8/2017 http://www.patseastcoasttravels.com/2012/05/watergate-and-deep-throat-garage-in.html
Schultz, Colin. Nixon Prolonged Vietnam War for Political Gain. Smithsonian Magazine. March 18, 2013. Accessed June 08, 2017. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nixon-prolonged-vietnam-war-for-political-gainand-johnson-k....